Early exists are made by Auger-Aliassime, Khachanov

ROME: Felix Auger-Aliassime and Karen Khachanov seeded players were the major fatalities in the first round of the Italian Open in Rome on Monday by way of players turned their consideration from the hardcourts to the clay swing in Europe.

Felix Auger-Aliassime and Karen Khachanov seeded players were the major fatalities in the first round of the Italian Open in Rome on Monday by way of players turned their consideration from the hardcourts to the clay swing in Europe.

In the fourth round of the US Open last week, lost 6-4, 7-5 to Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic while 11th seed Khachanov was beaten 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 by Norwegian Casper Ruud, Auger-Aliassime fell in straight sets to eventual champion Dominic Thiem.

Frenchman Benoit Paire, who tested positive for Covid-19 and was withdrawn from the US Open before his first round match, was knocked out 6-2 6-1 by Italian Jannik Sinner.

All four break points which Sinner and he faced while breaking Paire four times to beat the world number 24 who had beaten him earlier this year in Auckland. He moves on to meet third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas.

On Wednesday top seeds Novak Djokovic, a four-time Rome winner, and defending champion Rafael Nadal, winner nine times, have first round byes in a tournament rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic. They will begin their campaigns.

Kei Nishikori, won for the first time in more than a year, beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), he is returning from right elbow surgery and missed the US Open after testing positive for Covid-19.

Nishikori will next meet either three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, or Italian qualifier Lorenzo Musetti, as he constructs his wellness towards the French Open not long from now.

Somewhere else fifteenth seed Grigor Dimitro saw off Italian special case Gianluca Mager 7-5, 6-1. Bulgarian Dimitrov pulled ahead from 5-5 in the primary set to dominate seven straight matches and next meets either Yoshihito Nishioka or Kitzbuehel champion Miomir Kecmanovic.

Marin Cilic was pushed the separation in a 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Alexander Bublik to book his spot in the following round where he will confront 6th seed David Goffin.

US Open quarter-finalist Borna Coric facilitated past fourteenth seed Cristian Garin 6-4, 6-4, while Frenchman Ugo Humbert crushed double cross Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in his Rome debut. He will attempt to agitate seventh cultivated Italian Fabio Fognini in the second round.

In the ladies’ draw, Belgian eleventh seed Elise Mertens moved into the second round with a direct 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Hsieh Su-wei while 21-year-old Elena Rybakina beat Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-0, 6-4 in only 61 minutes.

Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska conquered home most loved Camila Giorgi 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 of a match where the two players battled with their first serve, with 28 twofold blames recorded in the challenge.

A year ago’s French Open semifinalist Amanda Anisimova edged Donna Vekic 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (8-6) and Magda Linette beat 2017 French Open champ Jelena Ostapenko 6-4, 6-3.

Italian special case Jasmine Paolini facilitated past Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-3 to acquire a second round conflict with favorite Simona Halep of Romania.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova opens her title safeguard against individual Czech Barbora Strycova who walked around Russian Veronika Kudermetova 6-3, 6-3.

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