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Noursoultan: Tiafoe continues, Paul expeditiously

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 28, 2020

Back on the courts complicated for Miomir Kecmanovic. For his entry into the running at Nursoultan, the Serbian was released from the start by Frances Tiafoe in two sets (7-5, 6-3) and 1h22 of play. After having already dominated Corentin Moutet in the 1st round, the American confirmed this Wednesday by eliminating the number 2 seed of the tournament. If the first set was hung with a break on each side, at 2-2 and 4-3, the 64th ATP managed to make up the difference once again on the service of his opponent, at 5-5, before concluding on his own. More solid thereafter, Tiafoe broke his opponent twice again, at 1-1 and 5-3, to win on his first match point. In the next round, he will face Jiri Vesely or Egor Gerasimov for a place in the last four. For his part, as in Saint-Petersburg and Cologne 2, Kecmanovic falls once again in the 2nd round and confirms his bad time at the time. At the same time, Tommy Paul crushed Radu Albot in two sets (6-4, 6-0) and 1h13 of play. After a rather balanced first set, the American flew past the end of the match, with in particular three breaks, to conclude on the service of the Moldovan. In the next round, Paul will be opposed to Fernando Verdasco or John Millman.

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) beats Albot (MDA): 6-4, 6-0
Verdasco (ESP) – Millman (AUS, n ° 4)
Vesely (RTC) – Gerasimov (BIE)
Tiafoe (USA) beats Kecmanovic (SER, n ° 2): 7-5, 6-3

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