ROME – Spanish tennis player Pablo Carreño made a great start in the Rome Masters with a solid victory 6-3, 6-3 against Frenchman Gilles Simon.
In a match that lasted one hour and 16 minutes, the world No. 21 advanced to the second round of the tournament.
The two players have clashed three times before with Carreño achieving a victory once (Estoril 2016 quarterfinals) and Simon twice (Madrid and Shanghai, both in 2016).
In the second round, the Spaniard will meet the winner in the match between his compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut and Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov.