Goffin fights back from the brink to beat Granollers

David Goffin beat Marcel Granollers in the second round of the Barcelona Open. (Reuters pic)

BARCELONA: World number 10 David Goffin survived a scare against Spaniard Marcel Granollers after fighting back from 5-1 down in the second set to win his second-round tie in the Barcelona Open on Tuesday 4-6 7-6(2) 6-2.

Granollers, ranked 129 in the world, made a strong start, but he never recovered after spurning a match point and collapsed in the latter stages of the second set, losing the tiebreak before being wiped out in the third.

“It’s really hard when you are so close and don’t kill off the game. It feels very tough to lose today, I’m not thinking positive things right now,” Granollers told reporters.

Feliciano López of Spain, who beat Dušan Lajović 6-4 2-6 6-4, and Malek Jaziri of Tunisia, who beat Ernesto Escobedo 6-4 6-3, will both join Goffin in the third round.

Spaniard Roberto Carbellés Baena earned the right to face world number one and 10-times tournament winner Rafael Nadal on Wednesday after comfortably beating Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2 6-4 in a first-round match.