18-Year-Old Ymer Stuns Verdasco In Stockholm
Wild card Mikael Ymer celebrates his first ATP World Tour victory on Tuesday at the If Stockholm Open.
Teenager will meet Karlovic next.
He’s played only two ATP World Tour matches but 18-year-old Mikael Ymer has already swept a former Top 10 player. The Swedish wild card dismissed Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday, needing only 70 minutes to eliminate the left-hander from the If Stockholm Open.
Ymer impressed the Swedish crowd with poise of a more experienced, higher-ranked player, not what they might have expected from the World No. 549 who made his ATP World Tour debut a year ago in Stockholm (l. to A. Zverev). The right-hander saved all three break points faced and broke Verdasco for the fifth time to clinch the match, his first ATP World Tour victory. Ymer will have a tall task in round two. He faces 6’11”Ivo Karlovic, the third seed.
Ymer’s older brother, 20-year-old Elias Ymer, a member of the ATP Next Generation, was less fortunate. He fell to German qualifier Tobias Kamke 6-4, 6-0 after 65 minutes.
Source : ATP.