Great performance by Nicolás Álvarez in the qualifying draw

The very intense first day of the qualifying draw of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell has enjoyed a hard-fought victory in an exciting match that took place on the Rafa Nadal court, in front of a crowd that has already shown that this year all the emotions of the best tennis are back.

Nicolás Álvarez, very young RCTB tennis player and known for having been the youngest player in history to obtain his first ATP point (ahead of Carlos Alcaraz or Rafa Nadal, who did the same but weeks or months apart from Álvarez), was facing a veteran of the competition, the German Philipp Kohlschreiber. But Álvarez, pushed by the support of his public, managed to turn things around after having lost the first set and prevailed in the third and final set after an exciting tiebreak.

Max Alcalá, also a RCTB player, has also advanced and tomorrow he will have the opportunity to earn his place in the main draw of the tournament. His match was much shorter than the one of his teammates Nicolás Álvarez, since his rival, fellow German Peter Gojowczyk, was forced to retire due to injury after having lost the first set. Carlos Taberner, also Spanish, also wants to replicate Álvarez and Alcalá and be part of the main draw of the competition, after clearly beating Frenchman Maxime Janvier today.

Another of the members of the Spanish ‘Armada’, Bernabé Zapata, has clearly prevailed over the Frenchman Alexis Gautier and once again feels strong on the clay of the RCTB, on which last year he already managed not only to overcome the qualifying draw but also the first two rounds, against Andrey Kuznetsov and Fabio Fognini. Only Pablo Carreño can stop the aspirations of the Valencian tennis player.

Elias Ymer, Egor Gerasimov, Hugo Grenier, Gian Marco Moroni, Manuel Guinard, Pedro Sousa and Andrea Pellegrino have been the other tennis players who have sealed their pass for tomorrow, with which the fabulous Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell main draw will be finalized that will be led by the No.1 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Greek tennis player, two-time finalist on the Barcelona clay.  

BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 16: Nicolas Alvarez Varona of Spain ATP Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona on April 16, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images)