Albert Ramos-Vinolas made a successful start to his Cordoba Open title defence with three-set victory against Dusan Lajovic on Thursday.
The 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 result stretched the third seed’s win streak to six matches at the ATP 250, after he claimed the 2022 title with the loss of just one set. He has also won 10 of his past 11 matches in Cordoba, starting with his run to the 2021 final.
Ramos-Vinolas is seeking to become a repeat champion at the same event for the first time this week. All four of his tour-level titles have come on clay, with his Cordoba victory his most recent triumph.
In his first clay match of 2023, the third seed played his best tennis in the closing stages against Lajovic to earn his first win of the season. After saving a break point at 2-2 in the third set, Ramos-Vinolas went on to win the final four games of the match, sealing victory with a break to love.
Portugal’s Joao Sousa awaits in the quarter-finals after his 7-5, 7-6(6) win against Cristian Garin.
Sixth seed Federico Coria also advanced to the quarters on Thursday when Marco Cecchinato retired while trailing 6-3, 3-1. In other action, Hugo Dellien defeated Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4.