Nishikori, runner-up last year, falls in its premiere

Kei Nishikori, who last year played the final against Nadal, was eliminated by Herbert at the first change (7-5 and 6-4). Zverev beat Auger-Aliassime (6-1 and 6-4).

The Frenchman Pierre Hugues Herbert is already two notches in his racket to become this week the executioner of two finalists of the tournament in Monte Carlo, by first defeating the Spanish Fernando Verdasco runner-up in 2010, and last year, the Japanese Kei Nishikori, this Wednesday, by 7-5 and 6-4.

Concentrated more this season in the individual boxes than in the doubles, Herbert, finalist in Montpellier, will be measured in the round of 16 with the Croatian Borna Coric, verdugo of the Spanish Jaume Munar, with whom lost in the only previous duel at the Mutua Madrid Open two years ago. Herbert needed an hour and 42 minutes to beat Nishikori, saving the ten points of break that his rival had, and achieve the first victory over the Nippon in three matches .

The Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, favorite favorite, is also in the second round, after defeating the Kazakh Mihail Kukushkin, 6-3 and 7-5, and the Russian Daniil Medvedev, tenth, defeating the Moldovan Radu Albot, 6-1 and 6-2. Tsitsipas and Medvedev will fight for a place for quarters. It did not fail this time Alexander Zverev, who was not surprised by the emerging 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, whom he won by 6-1 and 6-4. The boy was a break up in the second set, but with 4-3 he lost his serve and the German won three games in a row and the match. Zverev will face Fabio Fognini, who passed by abandonment before playing Gilles Simon, suffering from some discomfort in the back. Dominic Thiem had no problems to overcome the Slovak Martin Klizan (6-1 and 6-4), the opposite of David Goffin (16th favorite), which fell to the Serbian Dusan Lajovic (6-3 and 6-4). It will be he who will face Thiem in eighths.

All the results of the 1000 Masters of Monte Carlo.

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