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Noursoultan: Sandgren out of the gate

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 27, 2020

Winner of his only title so far, in Auckland in January 2019, Tennys Sandgren (29) has been waiting to lift another trophy again. This was still the case at the start of the week in Kazakhstan for the first edition of the Nursoultan tournament. Unfortunately for the American, it will not be this time yet, and the native of Gallatin (Tennessee) is still likely to end the season without any new line on his record. This is not, however, for lack of being one of the favorites in certain events. Like this week at Noursoultan, where the double quarter-finalist of the Australian Open, in 2018 and 2020, was among the seeds of the tournament (n ° 5), like Kecmanovic (n ° 2), Millman (n ° 4), Bublik (n ° 6), Paul (n ° 7), Thompson (n ° 8) or the two Frenchmen Benoît Paire and Adrian Mannarino, respectively seeded number 1 and 3 of this first Kazakh tournament of the name and who will debut on Wednesday.

Sandgren lets his chance pass

A status that did not prevent Sandgren, unlike the other contenders for the final victory so far (Thompson and Paul have qualified for the second round), from being knocked out on Tuesday against the Czech Jiri Vesely ( 66th world), winner in two sets (6-4, 7-6) of the one who had already left the event as soon as he entered the running this month at the second tournament in Cologne and Saint Petersburg. The number 48 in the ATP standings can blame himself, as he benefited in the deciding game of the second set, won 9-7 by Vesely, a ball to pick up a set everywhere, but the American let him pass.

NOURSOULTAN (Kazakhstan, ATP 250, hard, € 230,569)
First edition

2nd round
Pair (FRA, n ° 1) – Delbonis (ARG) or Kukushkin (KAZ)
Ruusuvuori (FIN, Q) – Thompson (AUS, # 8)
Mannarino (FRA, n ° 3) – Sugita (JAP, Q)
Seppi (ITA, WC) – McDonald (USA, PR) or Bublik (KAZ, n ° 6)

Paul (USA, n ° 7) – Albot (MDA)
Verdasco (ESP) – Millman (AUS, n ° 4)
Vesely (RTC) – Gerasimov (BIE)
Tiafoe (USA) – Kecmanovic (SER, n ° 2)

1st round
Pair (FRA, n ° 1) – Bye
Delbonis (ARG) – Kukushkin (KAZ)
Ruusuvuori (END, Q) beats Skatov (KAZ, WC): 6-2, 6-0
Thompson (AUS, # 8) beats Norrie (GBR): 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-2

Mannarino (FRA, n ° 3) – Bye
Sugita (JAP, Q) beats Dzumhur (BIH, Q): 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
Seppi (ITA, WC) beats Karatsev (RUS, Q): 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
McDonald (USA, PR) – Bublik (KAZ, n ° 6)

Paul (USA, n ° 7) beats Travaglia (ITA): 7-6 (2), 6-3
Albot (MDA) beats Popko (KAZ, WC): 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Verdasco (ESP) beats Duckworth (AUS): 6-4, 7-6 (5)
Millman (AUS, n ° 4) – Bye

Vesely (RTC) beats Sandgren (USA, # 5): 6-4, 7-6 (7)
Gerasimov (BIE) beats Harris (AFS): 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (3)
Tiafoe (USA) bat Moutet (FRA) : 6-3, 6-2
Kecmanovic (SER, n ° 2) – Bye