06.01.2020 - 18:43 Uhr
Alexander Bublik marked his Qatar ExxonMobil Open debut with a notable victory on Monday, defeating seventh seed Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the second round.The 22-year-old landed 10 aces and broke Mannarino on three occasions at the 2019 ATP 250 Tournament of the Year. Bublik enters the 2020 ATP Tour season after a breakout campaign last year, highlighted by runner-up finishes at the Hall of Fame Open and the Chengdu Open.[WATCH LIVE 4]The Kazakh will face Aljaz Bedene for a spot in the quarter-finals, following the Slovenian’s 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 comeback win against 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier Mikael Ymer.Fernando Verdasco needed 89 minutes to book his place in the second round, battling past fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-3. The 2017 semi-finalist will meet sixth seed Filip Krajinovic or Kyle Edmund in the second round.“I'm happy with the way that I played,” said Verdasco. “I still think that I can play a little bit better… But in general, I'm happy with the way that I played the whole match.”Corentin Moutet also started his 2020 ATP Tour season with a win, saving each of the seven break points he faced to move past Tennys Sandgren 7-6(3), 6-4. Moutet advances to a second-round clash against fourth seed Milos Raonic.



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18.02.2020 - 21:47 Uhr

Petros Tsitsipas/Stefanos Tsitsipas were mere points from a stunning first-round upset on Tuesday against reigning Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz/Andreas Mies, but the top seeds regrouped for a 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-6 win at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille.Krawietz/Mies snapped a four-match losing streak by advancing in one hour and 29 minutes. They’ll turn their attention to a quarter-final battle with Benoit Paire/David Vega Hernandez, who beat Alexander Bublk/Alexei Popyrin 4-6, 6-2, 10-5.[WATCH LIVE 2]Frederik Nielsen/Tim Puetz scored the upset of the day by taking out third seeds Jamie Murray/Neal Skupski 3-6, 6-3, 10-8. Next up for them are Rohan Bopanna/Denis Shapovalov, who rallied to overcome Simone Bolelli/Jannik Sinner 6-7(6), 6-3, 10-6. Jonathan Erlich/Andrei Vasilevski rounded out play in Marseille by taking out Cheng-Peng Hsieh/Denys Molchanov 7-6(3), 6-3.At the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, Nicholas Monroe/Jackson Withrow eased past Adrian Mannarino/Mackenzie McDonald 7-6(3), 6-3. Awaiting them in the quarter-finals are fourth seeds Luke Bambridge/Ben McLachlan, who advanced via walkover against John Millman/Matt Reid.Second seeds Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo headline doubles action at the Rio Open presented by Claro as they take on Pablo Cuevas/Fernando Verdasco.

18.02.2020 - 02:44 Uhr

Third-seeded Chilean Cristian Garin was pushed to the brink on Monday at the Rio Open presented by Claro, but converted his eighth match point to outlast Slovakian Andrej Martin in a wild 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) first-round battle.Garin fought back from 2-4 in the final set, but let slip four match points with Martin serving at 5-6. The Chilean built a 6/2 lead in the tie-break and made good on his last chance to prevail after three hours and 10 minutes.[ATP APP]He is now on a five-match winning streak after taking the title two weeks ago in Cordoba (d. Schwartzman). Next up for Garin is Argentine Federico Delbonis, who scored a convincing 6-2, 6-4 win over Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena.Pablo Andujar scored the upset of the day by defeating ninth seed Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-3 in an all-Spanish battle. Andujar broke Verdasco five times en route to tying their ATP Head2Head series at 3-3.Awaiting him in the second round is another Spaniard in qualifier Pedro Martinez, who rallied to defeat Bolivian Hugo Dellien 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. The 22-year-old is still flawless (4-0) in first-round matches this season.[WATCH LIVE 1]

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