Marcos Giron made an impressive comeback and recorded his first win at Sofia Open 2021. The 28-years-old American defeated Jaume Munar of Spain 6:7 (2), 6:1, 6:4. Giron needed almost three hours to guarantee a match against the third seed Alex De Minaur of Australia.
Both Giron and Munar made their debut at ATP250 Sofia Open.
All of the American’s match points came in the final game, which lasted 20 minutes, with Giron finally serving out the match on his 10th attempt to reach the second round and gain his seventh win in his past 10 matches.
“The first set was close. I feel like I had chances, but he played better than me in the tie-break,” Giron said. “I thought I did a great job resetting and adjusting in the second, and then in the third I was able to get the break early, but he kept holding on.
“I’m happy to get through that, it was a battle. That might be the most match points I’ve ever had.”
Giron also saved three break points in the same game to prevent the 24-year-old Spaniard from breaking back in the deciding set. Break point chances proved key in the encounter, as Giron saved all five break points that he faced in the match and converted three of his six opportunities on Munar’s serve.
Laslo Djere was more dominant and also rallied to the second round. The Serbian, world #42, won 7:6(5), 6:3 against Pedro Martinez of Spain. It was the third match for the Spaniard, who won his place in the main draw after playing in the qualification rounds.
Next, Djere will play against his compatriot Filip Krajnovic or Bulgarian Wild Card Aleksandar Lazarov.