David has won his first match at Rome since 2008, defeating Albert Ramos 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 37 minutes. After a straightforward first set, David got broken when he served for the match but then managed to close it out on his second attempt.
In the second round, David's next opponent will now be fourth seed Andy Murray.
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3.06pm local - David's match is now next up on Pietrangeli.
Ahead of focusing of David's first-round encounter today, his first match at Rome in four years, here's a look at the rankings situation this week. With the points from last year's edition of Rome already gone now (and with ten points for the first round in Madrid added to David's, as well as Chela's and Berlocq's count), David is now ranked #42 with 1005 ranking points, 55 points behind Carlos Berlocq (#38) and 80 behind Chela (#37).
And at #39, between David and his two countrymen, there's David's opponent today.
24-year-old Albert Ramos from Spain is a clay specialist, who cracked the Top100 for the first time last summer. And that he has now reached what's the highest ranking in his career so far is mostly the consequence of his results on clay. With the final he reached at Casablanca (lost to Andujar) and two semifinals, at São Paulo (lost to Almagro) and more recently at Estoril (lost to Gasquet) as his best results of this season. Last week at Madrid, Ramos lost in the first round to Federico Delbonis.
Ramos was the highest-ranked player who had to play qualies at Rome and he beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver and Gianluca Naso for a place in the main draw.
David and Albert Ramos have never met on the Tour before. And to be honest, I've never seen Ramos play. So I can't really tell you anything about the match-up. What's clear, though is that David will find himself dealing with a leftie today. And with a clay-courter.