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  • Chris Sobey


here’s not much to report on the ATP Tour tennis front so far this week due to the time delay at Delray Beach and Rio de Janeiro and because only a handful of first round matches are usually played at some tournaments on Monday’s due to the final round of qualifying also being played. Also, at Rio there was a major rain delay on Monday which meant no first round matches were completed.

At Marseille sixth seed Simon won his first round match against compatriot and Wild Card Hoang but he had to do it the hard way coming from a set down. Wild Card and Montpellier winner Tsonga failed to continue his good indoor form on home soil against the out of form NextGen star Rublev, even though he won the first set and Paire joined compatriot Simon in the second round beating veteran qualifier Bolleli in straight sets.

Giant Pole Hurkacz won his opener against the talented Krajinovic from Serbia and veteran Kukushkin won his opener against American Kudla 6-3 6-3 as advised. German veteran Gojowczyk beat the talented Dzumhur for the first time having lost their previous two encounters and Lucky Loser and veteran Ukranian Stakhovsky gained immediate revenge against French qualifier Lestienne yesterday, who beat him the final round of qualifying on Monday.

At Delray Beach American and New York winner continued his blistering form beating Sandgren in two tiebreaks and seventh seed Fritz failed to make winning the first set count against compatriot McDonald going down in three sets. Fourth seed American Johnson broke a nine match losing run to beat Jung, Italian veteran Lorenzi more known for his clay court prowess continued to impress on hard courts this year knocking out American qualifier Smyczek and veteran Italian Seppi continued his good start to 2019, this time beating Tomic for the first time in his career. Others to progress to the second round at Delray beach were eighth seed Mannarino and veterans Istomin and Lacko.

At Rio de Janeiro British number two Cam Norrie got back to winning way winning his first round match against sixth seed Lajovic, fifth seed Sousa from Portugal fought back from a set down to knock out Pella, Bedene extended his winning record against Buenos Aires winner Cecchinato to 2-0 and Carballes Baena and Delbonis both knocked out seeds Jarry and Jaziri respectively. Finally, Spanish NextGen star Munar knocked out veteran Mayer from Argentina and veteran Ramos-Vinolas knocked out talented Italian NextGen star Sonego.



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