The second day of the 35th Hassan II Grand Prix currently held at the Royal Tennis Club in Marrakech has had various fortunes. Alexander Zverev of Germany, No. 1 of the tournament and 3rd World, continues, already 3 seeded have made the racket including the Italian Fabio Fognini (No. 2) and the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco (No. 6).
Indeed, two big sizes left the competition early. Fabio Fognini (35 and 17th ATP) was surprised by the Czech Jiri Veseley (101st ATP) in two tight sets (6-7 / 4-6). Fognini, the most successful player present in Marrakech, has just not been determined. He completely relaxed notably in the 2nd set despite his return to 5-4 after being led by 5-1. Nervous, he finally succumbed to Veseley who was more aggressive and more offensive.
Same thing for Fernando Verdasco (also 35 years old and 35th ATP) who underwent the law of his fellow Iberian Adrian Menendez-Maceiras in 3 sets (5-7 / 6-2 / 6-2). Verdasco has paid dearly for his faults in services against his opponent who came from the qualifying table with two successful matches including that against the Moroccan, Lamine Ouahab, hardly dominated in 3 sets (7-6 / 6-7 / 6- 4).
For his part, the only Arab player present in Marrakech, the Tunisian Malek Jaziri (59th ATP) suffered the same fate by leaving the competition prematurely against the Dutch Robin Haase (6-3 / 6-4). Jaziri who was not in his big day, made several mistakes while being a little defensive against Haase more perfect and who did not let him the opportunity to enter the match.
On the other hand, the logic was respected by the No 1 of the tournament, the German Alexander Zverev who confirmed his status of favorite. More experienced and stronger services with a good dozen successful in ICE, Zverev did not find great difficulty to punch his ticket of the competition by defeating the Uzbek Denis Istomin in 2 identical sets (6-4 / 6-4).
For his part, the Spaniard Pablo Andujar returned to Marrakech to defend his title. He started by beating Argentina’s Federico Delbonis (7-6 / 6-3).
In the other games played on Tuesday in the first round, the Spaniard Jaume Munar beat the Argentinian Facundo Bagnis (6-1 / 7-6), the Frenchman Benoît Paire took the best of the Slovenian Aljaz Bedene (3-6 / 6-4 / 7-5), the other Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert did the same against the Italian Thomas Fabbiano (6-7 / 6-4 / 6-1), the other Italian Lorenzo Sonego did the opposite by beating Serbian Laslo Djere (6-3 / 6-3), the German Philipp Kohlschreiber has hardly defeated the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (7-6 / 7-5) while the Argentine duel a hundred a percentage went to Juan Ignacio Londero who won against Carlos Berlocq (6-2 / 6-4).
These are basically the first great moments of the appointment of RTCMA which takes place in very good conditions and will continue on Thursday with decisive duels pending the quarter, half before the final scheduled next Sunday.