• Qualytrio

    Main draw dreams for home players

    Four qualification matches including three home players and two interesting singles matches in the main draw is scheduled for Monday 7th of March in RC Hotel Open. An all Russian affair is scheduled as the evening match the first main draw day in Jonkoping. The younger one, Karen Khachanov, has the edge against fellow countryman with a better ranking and a 1-0 lead in the player head to head.

    To pick a winner in this matchup is tricky. Both men are taking their tennis seriously and will fight hard to advance in the tournament. 19 year old Khachanow is here in Jonkoping with his Spanish coach, former pro Galo Blanco. Both players has been playing Grand Slam qualification, ATP main draw matches and challengers this year.

    The afternoon match on the centre court on Monday is a battle between generations. Italian Andrea Arnaboldi played his first professional tennis match in 2002. The 17 year old Frenchman Elliot Benchetrit got his first mark on the ATP ranking today after winning a main draw match in a future tournament a week ago.

    Pistol Patrik
    Just by reaching the qualification finals Patrik Rosenholm, Milos Sekulic and Fred Simonsson has done a good job this weekend, beating higher ranked and seeded players. Rosenholm is the most experienced of the three, concerning challenger tournaments. He defeated Sadio Doumbia in the second round of the qualification and showed no nerves at all when he served at 5-3 in the final set to close the match. Instead he fired four aces to finish it off! To advance to the main draw he has to beat Dzmitry Zhyrmont. The Belarus struggled with the young promising Carl Söderlund on Sunday facing a set point in the second set but survived with a 6-1, 7-6 win. Milos Seculic once advanced to the main draw in the ATP tournament in Stockholm but has never played in a main draw of a challenger tournament. His German opponent on Sunday suited him well, top seeded Constant Lestienne will be something different on Monday. Fred Simonssons opponent gave up and that gave him and his father Hans Simonsson, who was the Roland Garros doubles champion together with Anders Jarryd in 1983, time to check out the next opponent, Roberto Ortega-Olmedo from Spain.

    Read more about the Challenger on ATP website

    Check out interview with Patrik Rosenholm (Swedish)