Damir Dzumhur bought his Open 13 Provence title bid off to a profitable begin, saving 4 match factors at Four-5 within the second set earlier than cruising to the end in a 6-7(6), 7-6(Three), 6-1 victory over Mikhail Kukushkin on Monday.
Competing within the Marseille predominant draw for the primary time, the World No. 29 saved eight of ten break factors and transformed on 4 of his 13 alternatives to seal his place within the second spherical after two hours, 55 minutes. Dzumhur gained his first two ATP World Tour titles on the finish of final season (St. Petersburg, Moscow) on indoor arduous courts and is trying so as to add a 3rd trophy to his assortment.
The Bosnian, who’s at a career-high within the ATP Rankings, will meet Thomas Fabbiano for a spot within the quarter-finals after the Italian beat #NextGenATP Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-Three, 6-Four in 79 minutes.
The 28-year-old snapped a streak of 5 consecutive losses in tour-level predominant attracts, ousting Auger-Aliassime in what was the 17-year-old’s second tour-level match.
“I think before the match I wasn’t as nervous. I might have played a better match last week for some reasons,” stated Auger-Aliassime. “But that’s tennis. Sometimes you play better and sometimes you don’t. There’s still some work to do to really reach that level here in these big tournaments and to get the confidence going.”
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Julien Benneteau started his quest to achieve a second ultimate in Marseille with a win, defeating Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri 6-Four, 6-Three. The 2010 runner-up (l. to Llodra) broke Jaziri’s serve on three events to arrange a second-round encounter with ASB Classic champion Roberto Bautista Agut, the fifth seed.
The 36-year-old Frenchman proved that he nonetheless has loads of good tennis to indicate in Paris final November when he superior to the semi-finals on the Rolex Paris Masters (l. to Sock).
In qualifying, Ruben Bemelmans, Stefano Travaglia, Norbert Gombos and Ilya Ivashka all scored two-set victories to achieve the principle draw.