ATP Challenger Nouméa: a fourth day that promises


This fourth day of the Tennis International of New Caledonia is full of promise. From noon, four of the first six seeded clash on the courts of Ouen Toro for the second round. Including the favorite, the Argentinian Delbonis.

According to the game that we have seen since Monday, lovers of fine tennis should be served this Thursday, and the atmosphere will certainly not miss the stands. Especially for the first half-day matches, especially that of Metropolitan Gleb Sakharov. The 238th World Cup, which has participated for the last two years in the TC Receiving exhibition tournament, has a great popularity in New Caledonia. He is particularly encouraged by the public, and is even entitled to his "Team Sakharov" banner in a row.

Gleb Sakharov against Salvatore Caruso

On the ground, he does not disappoint. Like his first round against another Frenchman, Kenny De Schepper. His very good quality of service, and his ability to respond with intensity to the power of his opponent, forehand and backhand, allowed him to win in two sets 7-6, 6-4. And this, despite a little fright in the tie-break of the first run, where he led 6-1 before being equalized, then finally prevail. Today, it's another style of player waiting for it. An Italian who looks like him: Salvatore Caruso, seeded No. 5, and 158th ATP. He notably won the tournament in Como, Italy, last year.

Hugo Nys against Noah Rubin

Always from noon, to follow the confrontation between the metropolitan Hugo Nys (Wild Card) and the American Rubin. A very enduring Noah Rubin, present on all balls against Swiss Huesler in the first round, and impresses with his mind. He won all the points that followed his arbitration challenges. And he did not crack yesterday to conclude a match already almost completed the day before, before the interruption caused by the rain. The titleholder, certainly, is in legs. In front of him, Nys, who had released the Italian Marcora (290th) 6-4, 6-4 in the first round, is also confident.

Impressive Delbonis

After these two meetings, it will be necessary to watch the Argentine Federico Delbonis, 80th worldwide against the tricolor Elliot Benchetrit. But also the German Dustin Brown against another French, Grégoire Barrère, seeded No. 6, and 163rd worldwide. Delbonis is the highest ranked player in the New Caledonia Internationals. His physique is impressive: 1m93 for 90 kilos. He had three finals in 2018, including one title, and had some great success against rivals in the ATP Top 50 (German Zverev, 54th in Madrid, and Spaniard Albert Ramos, 40th, to Estoril).

Maxime Chazal to follow in duplicate

Finally, to follow in mid or late afternoon, the quarterfinals of double. And especially the French pair Chazal-Sakharov against the Americans Kwiatkowski and Rubin. Maxime Chazal, only Caledonian in this Challenger. Eliminated in singles, he will try to continue the adventure.