French Open: Tommy Robredo defeats Dan Evans, Ramos-Vinolas & Carreno Busta also advance

Tommy Robredo recovered from a set down to defeat Dan Evans 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 to book his place in the second round at the French Open in what is his last tournament with a protected ranking.

Evans has been very public about his dissatisfaction and lack of confidence playing on the clay but any signs of that looked far from his mind as he took a set and a break lead. Robredo did not panic and dug deep to get himself back in the set and once he snatched that he was in command. Breaks were traded but the 35-year-old was always in control and wrapped up the match after two hours and 47 minutes.

Elsewhere on day one at Roland Garros there were victories for three of Robredo’s Spanish compatriots. 19th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas defeated qualifier Marius Copil 6-7(7), 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, while 20th seed Pablo Carreno Busta eliminated Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez upset 26th seed Gilles Muller, winning 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-2. There were also wins for Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi, Mikhail Kukushkin, Taro Daniel and Horacio Zeballos.

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ATP Indian Wells: Stanislas Wawrinka breezes past Pablo Carreno Busta to reach first final

Stanislas Wawrinka produced his best performance of the tournament so far as he dismissed Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 to reach his first final at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

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The first six games of the semifinal were very competitive, but from there on in the Swiss took control, bullying his opponent at times with his raw power. The third seed won nine of the last 11 games in the match to set up a clash with either Roger Federer or Jack Sock in Sunday’s final.

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ATP Indian Wells: Pablo Carreno Busta and Pablo Cuevas both reach Maiden Masters 1000 quarterfinal

Pablo Cuevas celebrated reaching his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal after defeating last year’s semi-finalist David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in Indian Wells. The Uruguayan set up a clash with another first time quarterfinalist in the form of Pablo Carreno Busta, who saw off Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 7-6(5).

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Both Cuevas and Carreno Busta made strong starts, needing just the one break of serve to help secure their opening sets respectively. Goffin bounced back against the Uruguayan to force a decider, but the 27th seed made a pivotal breakthrough in the sixth game to help secure victory. Meanwhile the 21st seeded Spaniard squandered an early second set lead against Lajovic but recovered from 5-3 down in the tiebreak to see off the Serb.

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