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Wawrinka defeats Evans again; Norrie progresses in Russia

Dan Evans gave Stan Wawrinka another tough match before capitulating in the first round of the ATP 500 St Petersburg Open in Russia, while Cameron Norrie defeated the 8th seeded Taylor Fritz in his own opening match.

It’s always difficult when I play Dan. He’s a great player. Always a tough battle against him Stan Wawrinka

Wawrinka, seeded five has always found Evans a handful. He had to save two match points when playing the Brit at the 2016 US Open which he then went on to win, and had to comeback from a set down to be at him at last year’s Indian Wells.

This time he required two-hours and 31-minutes to quell the spirited British No.1, ranked 34, and again had to save match points before claiming a 3-6 7-6(3) 7-5 victory.

“It’s always difficult when I play Dan. He’s a great player. Always a tough battle against him,” Wawrinka said on court after his win. “Today I saved some important points in the second [set], I stayed focussed on my game. I started to serve better and be a bit more aggressive, so really happy to be back here in St. Petersburg and to have won that match.”

Wawrinka will meet wild card Evgeny Donskoy, for a spot in the quarter-finals, theRussian having ousted Egor Gerasimov of Belarus 6-4 7-6(4).

Earlier in the day Cameron Norrie got his challenge off to an excellent start by defeating the American Taylor Fritz 6-4 4-6 6-3 in just under two hours. The British No.3, ranked 75, blasted 16 aces past his opponent en route to a satisfying victory and now awaits the winner of the Mikhail Kukushkin Miomor Kecmanovic match.

In other action, the Kazakhstani Alexander Bublik came from a set down to overcome Mackenzie McDonald of the US 2-6 7-6(2, 6-4 ad another Russian wild card Aslan Karatsev beat Australian Open quarter-finalist Tennys Sandgren 7-5 3-6 7-5.

Kyle Edmund has yet to play his opening match in Cologne

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Meanwhile in Cologne, both Kyle Edmund and Andy Murray will be in action Tuesday as the ‘bett1HULKS Indoors’ event, an ATP 250 tournament, got under way with Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz defeating Australian Lucky Loser Marc Polmans 6-3 6-4, and wild card Mischa Zverev of Germany taking out Aussie John Millman 6-1 6-4.

Murray has a tough opening match with an old Spanish foe Fernando Verdasco while Edmund takes on qualifier Lloyd Harris, a rising South African protégé. Should Murray, currently world ranked 115, succeed in progressing into round two, the top seeded Alexander Zverev awaits.

Similar success for Edmund will see him face American Steve Johnson who recovered from a set down to beat fifth seed Filip Krajinovic 3-6 6-4 6-4in his opening match.

an wild card Giulio Zeppieri for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Lorenzo Musetti is attracting a lot of attention

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Down in Sardinia the 18-year-old Italian Lorenzo Musetti continues to attract attention with some excellent results. Having defeated seven top 100 players in the past month he can now add the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, the eight seed at the ‘Forte Village Sardegna Open’, and ATP 250 event, to his growing list of wins.

A wild card entry, Musetti ranked 138 beat the world No.60 Cuevas 7-6(4) 7-5 in two hours and 12-minutes.

“Pablo is a clay player and a really tough player with a lot of experience,” Musetti said later. “I knew from the beginning it would be really tough tennis.”

He next plays countryman Andrea Pellegrino, who led 4-6 7-6(7) 3-0 when his opponent, and Italian qualifier, Stefano Travaglia, retired with a headache.

Seventh seed Tommy Paul rallied for a 5-7 6-3 7-5 victory against Lucky Loser Andrej Martin after two hours and 39 minutes en route to his win.

Paul will next challenge an Italian: 2018 Roland Garros semi-finalist Marco Cecchinato or Gianluca Mager, this year’s Rio Open finalist.

Czech Jiri Vesely is also through with a 6-1 7-5 victory against Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak and will play fifth seed Lorenzo Sonego or Itali



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