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Berdych Cruises In Los Cabos Opener

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 1:34am

Top seed Tomas Berdych wasted no time getting down to business on Wednesday at Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel presentado por Cinemex, recording a convincing 6-3, 6-1 win over #NextGenATP Aussie Akira Santillan to reach the quarter-finals in Los Cabos.

“It was a quick match, but I’m glad about the way I played tonight,” said Berdych. “It was a nice welcome from the crowd, so I’m looking forward to playing as many matches as possible.”

Berdych broke the 20 year old five times to advance in under an hour. The Czech player is still carrying the form that brought him to the Wimbledon semi-finals this past month and will be a strong contender to take the title  

Next up for Berdych is seventh seed Adrian Mannarino, who cruised past Bjorn Fratangelo 6-1, 6-1. Mannarino has been in red-hot form lately, reaching the final this past June in Antalya (l. Sugita) and advancing to the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Second seed Sam Querrey survived an opening-round scare against qualifier and fellow American Evan King, rallying from an early break down in the final set to prevail 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(2)

“Evan is a tricky player. He’s been grinding away for a few years, so hopefully he can keep this going and have more [ATP World Tour] main draws in the future,” said Querrey. “I’ve got to do everything a little bit better in the next round, but sometimes you just have to battle your way through the first match in these tournaments.”

King, No. 347 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, won his first ATP World Tour main draw match on Tuesday. He showed no fear in the biggest match of his career, but Querrey used his experience to dominate the final-set tie-break. He tasted success earlier this year in Mexico by defeating Rafael Nadal in the Acapulco final.

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Querrey will take on Frenchman Vincent Millot, who scored the upset of the night over sixth seed Fernando Verdasco 1-6, 6-2, 6-4. The win puts the 31 year old, currently No. 165 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, into his first ATP World Tour quarter-final. 

The second quarter of the draw will feature an all-#NextGenATP quarter-final after Taylor Fritz ousted third seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(5), 6-4. The 19 year old is through to his first ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season. Fritz picked up his first win over a player inside the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings when he defeated Marin Cilic this past March at the BNP Paribas Open.

Fritz will take on #NextGenATP player Thanasi Kokkinakis in the last eight after the Aussie came through a tight match against Peter Polansky 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4). The 21 year old fought hard to advance in two hours and seven minutes, putting himself into his first ATP World Tour quarter-final.

Fourth seed Feliciano Lopez saved 12 of 13 break points against him en route to defeating Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-4. Next up for the Spaniard is Damir Dzumhur, who led 5-3 against #NextGenATP player Quentin Halys when the Frenchman was forced to retire with an abdominal strain.

Lopez/Marrero Move On

Third seeds Marc Lopez and David Marrero advanced past their opening round against Taro Daniel and Dzumhur 6-3, 7-5. The Spaniards will face wild cards Ebden and Manuel Sanchez in the quarter-finals.

Jonathan Erlich and Andreas Siljestrom powered past Hugo Nys and Matt Reid 6-4, 7-6(4) in one hour and 23 minutes, setting up a clash in the last eight with Sergio Galdos and Roberto Maytin. Blaz Kavcic and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan also prevailed in their opening round over Mexican wild cards Hans Hach Verdugo and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela 7-6(3), 3-6, 11-9. The Slovenian-Indian duo will next play second seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Treat Huey.

No. 497 Zhang Fires Tweener Pass At Chengdu Challenger

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 1:43pm
Watch as Zhizhen Zhang, a 20-year-old Shanghai native, fires the Hot Shot of the week at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Chengdu.

Top Five Challenger Hot Shots July 2017

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 1:42pm
Re-live the best shots and points from the month of July on the ATP Challenger Tour, featuring NextGenATP stars Alexander Bublik, Mikael Ymer, Denis Shapovalov, Nicola Kuhn and Matteo Berrettini.

Opelka Recovers For Hot Shot Winner At Washington 2017

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 12:32pm
Watch Hot Shot as Reilly Opelka finds himself on the back foot on Monday but comes up with something special against Daniil Medvedev at the Citi Open. Watch live matches at tennistv.com.

Haase Falls; Kitzbühel Resident Kohlschreiber Wins

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 9:58am

There were plenty of keenly contested first-round encounters on Tuesday at the Generali Open, in the medieval ski resort town of Kitzbühel.

Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo extended his perfect record to 4-0 against 2011 and 2012 titlist Robin Haase mid-afternoon in a 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-4 win over two hours and 13 minutes. Fifth seed Haase hit 19 aces, but, having managed to save two set points at 5-6 in the first set, could not convert his lone opportunity at 6/5 in the tie-break. Giraldo now challenges Austrian wild card and last year’s semi-finalist Gerald Melzer, who advanced with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win over Carlos Berlocq of Argentina.

German and Kitzbühel resident Philipp Kohlschreiber, who captured the 2015 title (d. Mathieu) having reached the 2012 final (l. to Haase), didn’t have things all his own way in a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 win over Argentinean qualifier Facundo Bagnis over two hours and 11 minutes. Kohlschreiber led by a set and 2-0 in their first meeting since the 2014 US Open. He now goes onto face seventh-seeded Czech Jiri Vesely, who was a 6-4, 6-4 victor over Yannick Hanfmann, last week’s J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad runner-up (l. to Fognini).

Sixth seed Jan-Lennard Struff saved all three break points he faced against fellow German and former World No. 2 Tommy Haas in a 6-3, 7-6(4) win over one hour and 33 minutes. He plays Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci next. Haas, 39, was competing for the first time at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament since 1999.

"I’m very happy, very pleased to have been able to play these events," said Haas. "That means a lot to me. Saying goodbye on my own terms was very, very important. Even here, it’s one of the nicest areas in the world, not only for summertime but in wintertime skiing, Love coming back here, love the culture here, so it was a pleasure playing in front of this crowd once again. Wish I could have been in it a little bit more, but that’s how it goes, and let’s see what the future holds."

Eighth seed Horacio Zeballos saved four match points and broke Rogerio Dutra Silva’s serve just once (nine of 10 break points saved) in a two-hour and 54-minute victory, 2-6, 7-6(11), 7-6(4). Zeballos first held a set point on Dutra’s Silva’s serve at 5-6, 30/40 in the second set, before converting his fourth chance in the tie-break. Dutra Silva, who would recover from a 2-4 deficit in the deciding set, squandered match point opportunities at 6/5, 8/7, 10/9 and 11/10 in the second set tie-break. Zeballos will now face fellow Argentinean Renzo Olivo, a 7-5, 6-2 victor over Brazilian lucky loser Thiago Monteiro, in round two.

In doubles, top seeds Marcin Matkowski and Nenad Zimonjic edged Roman Jebavy and Vesely 7-6(5), 7-6(4). Last week in Hamburg, Zimonjic became the 10th player to record 700 doubles match wins.

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Jerome Golmard: 1973-2017

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 7:56am

Frenchman Jerome Golmard, a winner of two ATP World Tour titles, passed away on Monday aged 43 following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He was first diagnosed with the disease in January 2014 and soon established Association Jerome Golmard, Combattre la maladie de Charcot.

Golmard, who, for much of his career had a residence in Boca Raton, Florida, where a number of French players made their home, first began playing tennis aged six with his parents by hitting against the wall of his local club. In a 14-season injury-plagued professional career, Golmard reached a career-high No. 22 on 22 April 1999, shortly after capturing his first ATP World Tour title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (d. Nicolas Kiefer). The left-hander also won the 2000 Aircel Chennai Open (d. Markus Hantschk) among four final appearances, and he was the top French player for a total of 14 weeks.

MND has previously impacted the tennis family. Former Australian player Brad Drewett, who was the ATP Executive Chairman and President until his passing in May 2013, and Angie Cunningham, the WTA's former Vice President of Player Relations and On-Site Operations, who passed away in October 2016, both succumbed to the disease. Former Australian player Peter Doohan also lost his battle on 21 July 2017.

Golmard is survived by two sons.

Jerome Golmard, tennis player, born 9 September 1973, died 31 July 2017.

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Jérôme Golmard, ancien 22ème mondial, est décédé à l’âge de 43 ans. Toutes nos condoléances à sa famille.

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Emirates ATP Rankings Update 31 July 2017

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 6:15am
See the latest Emirates ATP Rankings as of 31 July 2017, after the German Tennis Championships 2017 in Hamburg, BB&T Atlanta Open and the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad.

German Tennis Championships 2017 Uncovered

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 6:15am
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes at the German Tennis Championships 2017, including interviews with Gilles Simon, #NextGenATP Karen Khachanov, Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Pablo Cuevas.

Thiem Breaks New Ground In Washington

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 6:10am

Dominic Thiem boasts wins over Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic already this year. Now the 23 year old enters new territory at this week’s Citi Open as top seed at an ATP World Tour 500 event for the first time.

The Austrian boasts a 38-16 start to the season and will look to further improve on that mark when he makes his Washington debut against Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen. In a stacked field, it will be a matter of who has made the transition from Wimbledon’s grass best in a bid to dethrone defending champion Gael Monfils.

“It’s always a little bit tricky for me on the US hard courts because they’re a little bit fast so there are some adjustments to do,” Thiem said. “Most of the players here, including me, haven’t played for quite a long time. The last time we played was on grass so it’s going to be tricky for everybody.

“For us players it’s not that great because we have a lot of tough matches. But for the crowd it’s amazing to have such a strong field in Washington.”

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While Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and Stan Wawrinka have dominated the big events in recent years, Thiem is in rare company, having posted victories over each of his more-decorated rivals. He is touted as among the next big things to shake up the dominance at the top end of the men’s game, but he is under no illusion at the difficulty of breaking into the Top 5 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

“They’re really special. It’s very unusual that you have four players like this in one generation,” Thiem said. “I think it’s getting better for the younger players. There are some tournaments where we have a breakthrough against them but during the Grand Slams or the Masters 1000s we usually have to beat two of the big four guys in a row, which is a very tough thing to achieve.”

Germany’s NextGenATP star Alexander Zverev is the other name most mentioned in the same breath as the Austrian. Under the guidance of coach Gunter Bresnik, Thiem remains grounded, however, aware of the hard slog ahead.

“Of course, it’s nice to hear but I think we still have to win a lot of matches, a lot of titles to deserve to be called the next big things in tennis,” Thiem said. “All the other players are still too dominant. It’s nice to hear that but still I think it’s still really far away for both of us.”

Berdych Querrey Visit Los Cabos Arch 2017

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 3:52am
Tomas Berdych and Sam Querrey visit Cabo Rey and play mini tennis on a platform at the Los Cabos arch. Photo: Abierto Los Cabos

Escobedo Rides Mexican Wave Of Support

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 3:41am

When you take a look at Ernesto Escobedo’s iPhone tracklist you get a hint a about his roots. He slides his finger across the screen and some of his favourite artists appear: Maluma, Carlos Vives, Miguel Bose, Joey Montana, Luis Fonsi, Danny Ocean, Daddy Yankee, Pitbull.

He listens to Latin music because it motivates him, and his level of Spanish allows him to understand the lyrics. There is another hint about his roots.

A poster in the stands that accompanies him around the world during his matches says: “Porra Jerez. ¡Vamos Neto!”. It is always held by one of his family members, and it’s written in Spanish.

The reason is simple: his parents, Ernesto and Cristina, are from Jerez, Mexico. He was raised in the United States as a Mexican.

The World No. 69 is one of the main contenders bidding to qualify for the maiden edition of the Next Gen ATP Finals, to be held in Milan in November. This week, the 21 year old is competing like a local favourite at the Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel in Los Cabos.

Despite being born in Los Angeles in 1996 and playing under the US flag on the ATP World Tour, Escobedo’s personality and nationality are Mexican. His culinary tastes, for instance, blow the whistle.

“I love seafood, burritos and nachos. Every Mexican product. My faves are ‘tacos al pastor’. My mum always prepares it whenever I’m at home, she’s a great chef”, Escobedo told ATPWorldTour.com.

Most of the time the 21 year old speaks in English, even at his West Covine house where he lives with his parents and sisters, Estephania and Evanka. However, he tries to practise Spanish as much as he can so as not to forget it.

“I want to speak it more and more,” he said. “It is important to my family. I understand it but it takes me some time to speak.”

He also practises it with his girlfriend, who is from Guadalajara. “I asked her out in March 2016. I was playing a Challenger event in that city, where she was a volunteer”, he says with a smile on his face about Maria, who accompanies him at the ATP World Tour 250 event in Los Cabos.

Thanks to her he broadened his sporting interests in Mexico. Apart from supporting some Mexican stars, such as the footballer Chicharito Hernandez or the boxer Canelo Alvarez, he began to follow the Chivas de Guadalajara matches.

 “I feel I’m from both countries. I can’t forget that my family is from Mexico, a magnificent country,” Escobedo said. “I love to come here, the people are very nice. But, at the same time, I was born and raised in the United States.”

Not just that. He fell in love with tennis when his father gave him a racquet customised with Spiderman images, and when his mother brought him to practise against the wall of her sisters’ school. Before starting primary school he had mojo on his shots.

Back at home, where tennis knowledge was always on point, they decided to go for it. His grandfather reached out to some of his 10 sons to play in his backyard in Jerez (on an improvised hard court). His father taught ‘Neto’ on the public courts of West Covina.

Escobedo’s practices were conducted in Spanish and ‘Neto’ remembers some lectures – no excuses, compete hard, don’t give up. “It was too strict,” he said.

“I didn’t like it at the beginning. But without my father I wouldn’t have had this career. Now I am grateful for his toughness.”

His father still gives him some tips and travels with him to tournaments whenever he can. This week he will be cheering for him from the stands in Los Cabos, along with five uncles, a cousin and one of their daughters. The ‘Porra Jerez’ poster is ready. “I hope they spread the rest of the fans so everybody can support me, because in Mexico I feel at home,” he said.

Kokkinakis Leads Aussie Trio Into Los Cabos Second Round

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 3:21am

Thanasi Kokkinakis made the most of his Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel wild card on Monday and claimed NextGenATP bragging honours in the process when he defeated Frances Tiafoe to reach the second round in Los Cabos. The 21-year-old Australian, on the long road back from a string of injuries, saved six set points to post his first match win on hard courts this season.

Neither player broke serve throughout as Kokkinakis prevailed with a 7-6(3), 7-6(10) upset of the No. 8 seed. In the all-NextGenATP showdown, Kokkinakis saved three of the set points while serving to stay in the second set at 5-6 before fending off a further three in a 22-point tie-break.

“Yeah it was tough. I think it was a very close match. We both had chances to win each sets. I had break points, but in the second set I think he had the better chance,” Kokkinakis said. “He had [set] point on his serve and then I played a very good point so yeah it was really close.”

After claiming the Brisbane International doubles title with countryman Jordan Thompson in January, it proved a stunted return from a tough 12 months for Kokkinakis, in which he contested just one singles match. He subsequently missed 18 weeks of the season with an abdominal strain and posted his first ATP World Tour match win in 21 months at ’s-Hertogenbosch over Mikhail Youzhny.

A win over the 19-year-old Tiafoe was a sure confidence boost. It was the pair’s first meeting.

“Any match for me at the moment after so much time out is very important so to get a win – doesn’t matter if it’s a good match or any ugly match – just to get those wins on the board is big for me,” Kokkinakis said. “I think the more I start playing, the more comfortable I’ll become on court.

“He’s a good player. He’s had a lot more matches than me even though he’s two years younger. I feel younger than him in tennis years.

“I think for me it’s about getting on court. He’s the No. 8 seed, he’s sixty-something in the world, so it was never going to be easy.”

Monday proved a successful outing for the Australians in Mexico as qualifiers Matt Ebden and Akira Santillan also advanced. Ebden took down American Dennis Novikov 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, while NextGenATP Player Santillan thumped Russia’s Konstantin Kravchuk 6-0, 6-1.

American Evan King continued an impressive day for qualifiers when he took down Mexican wild card Manual Sanchez 6-4, 6-4. It was his first ATP World Tour main draw match of the season. Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur ground out a 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3 result over Japan’s Taro Daniel.

Medvedev Paul Young In Washington 2017 Monday Highlights

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 2:00am
Watch Monday highlights from the Citi Open featuring Tommy Paul, Daniil Medvedev and Donald Young. Watch live matches at tennistv.com.

Donaldson Rebounds To Win Washington Opener

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:16pm

Jared Donaldson and Tommy Paul are off to the perfect starts in their respective 2017 Citi Open campaigns. The 20-year-old NextGenATP Americans ground their way through first-round clashes on Monday in contrasting fashion.

Donaldson, the world No. 69 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and seventh in the ATP Race to Milan, prevailed in a tight 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-3 result over Israel’s Dudi Sela. Paul, who reached his first ATP World Tour quarter-final last week as a qualifier in Atlanta, led Casper Ruud 3-6, 7-5, 3-0 before the Norwegian retired with headaches and dizziness due to dehydration. 

Donaldson dropped just seven points on his first serve and saved four of five break points faced against Sela. He will next meet lucky loser Marc Polmans. The Australian received a first-round bye after John Isner withdrew due to a right knee injury.

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Paul surged 14 spots to No. 20 in the ATP Race to Milan with his run in Atlanta last week. It was his first meeting with fellow NextGenATP player Ruud. No. 7 seed Lucas Pouille is next.

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A viral illness denied Stefan Kozlov the chance to make it a three-from-three start for the NextGenATP Americans on Monday. Qualifier Yuki Bhambri, of India, led 7-5, 2-0 before Kozlov called it quits. Defending champion Gael Monfils awaits.

In another all-NextGenATP battle, Russian Daniil Medvedev saved a match point with a 129mph ace at 5/6 in the deciding-set tie-break to deny American Reilly Opelka. The 21-year-old Medvedev booked a meeting with No. 14 seed Steve Johnson with a 6-7(6), 6-3, 7-6(6) triumph after two hours and 26 minutes.

Donald Young won an all-American showdown against wild card Tim Smyczek 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the last match of the night session. Despite 10 double faults, Young prevailed as he saved an impressive 10 of 14 break points. He will next take on No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori.

Zverev Hopes To Continue Improving Washington 2017

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 9:14pm
Alexander Zverev reflects on his successful year so far and hopes to keep up the momentum at the Citi Open this week. Watch live matches at tennistv.com.

Del Potro Delighted To Return To Washington 2017

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 8:45pm
Three-time champion Juan Martin del Potro discusses his favourite memories from his time in Washington, DC and looks ahead to the Citi Open. Watch live matches tennistv.com.

Nishikori Excited For Sixth Appearance In Washington 2017

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 8:44pm
Kei Nishikori discusses how far he's come from his first appearance in Washington D.C. ten years ago and looks forward to his sixth appearance at the Citi Open. Watch live matches at tennistv.com.

Thiem Discusses Washington 2017 Debut

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 8:44pm
Dominic Thiem discusses his first appearance in Washington, DC and how he's been preparing for the hard-court season. Watch live matches at tennistv.com.

In Washington, del Potro Pleased To Simply Be Playing

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 7:03pm

It happened quietly, without the publicity of a big win or a breakthrough. But last month and again last week, Juan Martin del Potro reached his highest Emirates ATP Ranking – No. 30 – since October 2014, months before del Potro would sit for the majority of another season because of wrist injuries.

But to del Potro, the ranking didn't symbolise that his comeback from wrist injuries in 2014 and 2015 was complete. At the Citi Open this week for the fifth time, the Argentine is simply glad to be back on the court.

“I don't care if I'm 30 or 50. I just want to play tennis,” said del Potro, who, 17 months ago, was No. 1,045. “I would like to be in the top position for sure one day in the future but I know how difficult it is... I'm still playing tennis and I love what I do. I'm so happy for that.”

The 6'6” Argentine might be No. 1 if he played all of his tournaments in Washington, DC. Del Potro has won the ATP World Tour 500 tournament three out of the four times he's played here. The right-hander beat Serbian Viktor Troicki for his first title in 2008 and knocked out a pair of Americans – Andy Roddick and John Isner – in 2009 and 2013.

He enters this week with a 14-1 record in Washington and on a 14-match tournament win streak. His only loss came in 2007 when he was 18.

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“I like to play here... I always play good tennis in the United States,” said del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion. “This tournament is special for me because I have many Argentinean fans who come to watch me. The American people like my game, too.”

He will have plenty of competition at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center this week. The field showcases four former champions, including del Potro, Milos Raonic (2014), Kei Nishikori (2015) and Gael Monfils (2016). Eight of the Top 25 are also playing here: No. 7 Dominic Thiem; No. 8 Alexander Zverev; No. 9 Nishikori; No. 10 Raonic; No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov; No. 19 Jack Sock; No. 20 Nick Kyrgios; and No. 22 Gael Monfils.

“I think this will be almost a [Masters] 1000 tournament,” del Potro said. “It will be a really interesting tournament to watch and to play.”

Last October, del Potro won his first ATP World Tour title in 33 months by beating Jack Sock at the If Stockholm Open. But the 28 year old has yet to reach a final this season. Del Potro reached the Delray Beach Open semi-finals in February before falling to then-World No. 4 Milos Raonic.

Six of his eight losses this season have come against players ranked inside the Top 6 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, including five against three of the Big Four – Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. But del Potro said he's glad that he's playing in the same era as the all-time greats.

“The guys are amazing,” del Potro said. “I'm so happy to be playing at the same time.”

Haas Kicks Off Kitzbühel, Bellucci Tops Dolgopolov

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:47pm

Tommy Haas and wife Sara Foster kicked off the German's last appearance in Kitzbühel in traditional Austrian style, donning Tyrolean outfits in front of Wilder Kaiser on Monday ahead of the Generali Open.

“I’m happy to be back in Kitzbühel. This is the paradise of the Alps," said Haas. "I always enjoy coming back here. I’m looking forward to my last tournament here and hope that I can play well.”

Thomaz Bellucci, a winner of four ATP World Tour clay-court titles, held his nerve in a thrilling 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov, who was making his debut in Kitzbühel. Dolgopolov led 3-2 in the deciding set, but could not convert two break points on Bellucci’s serve at 15/40. The Brazilian then broke for a fourth time in the penultimate game and will next challenge a German in sixth seed Jan-Lennard Struff or Haas.

Joao Sousa was solid on serve hitting nine aces and saving six of seven break points to beat former World No. 8 Mikhail Youzhny 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-3 in two hours and 13 minutes. Youzhny recovered from a 2-5 deficit in the second set, but was broken to 15 in the 12th game. Sousa now meets third seed and defending champion Paolo Lorenzi, the recent Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag runner-up (l. to Rublev).

Dusan Lajovic needed one hour and 57 minutes to edge past Maximilian Marterer 7-5, 7-6(4) for a Kitzbühel second-round clash against fourth seed Gilles Simon.

Another Serbian, qualifier Miljan Zekic, recorded his first ATP World Tour match win by beating Andrey Kuznetsov 7-6(4), 7-6(6), closing out on his fourth match point opportunity. The 29 year old will now prepare to face second seed Fabio Fognini, who lifted his fourth trophy on Sunday at the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad (d. Hanfmann).

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