Pavlasek Battles Past Harrison At Roland Garros
Top seed Sandgren through in straight sets
The 24-year-old Czech, who reached a career-high No. 72 in the ATP Rankings on 9 January 2017, fired 42 winners to overcome the ninth-seeded American in a final-set tie-break. Pavlasek entered Roland Garros qualifying after achieving his best result of the year on the ATP Challenger Tour earlier this month.
Two weeks ago, the 6'1" right-hander reached the Roma Garden Open semi-finals before falling to Gian Marco Moroni. Pavlasek will meet Geoffrey Blancaneaux for a spot in the final round of qualifying. The Frenchman beat Andrea Arnaboldi of Italy 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3.
Top seed Tennys Sandgren defeated Yosuke Watanuki 6-2, 6-4 to reach the second qualifying round. The ASB Classic champion converted four of 10 break points and will face Mats Moraing of Germany for a place in the final qualifying round. Moraing beat Andrej Martin 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.