Khachanov and Auger-Aliassime, eliminated in the first round

The Russian and the Canadian, along with the Chilean Cristian Garín, are the first three seeds that are fired at the first change of the tournament.


First day of Masters 1000 in Rome, and first surprises. Two seeds, Karen Khachanov (11th) and Felix Auger-Aliassime (16th), have said goodbye to the Italian tournament at the first change, being the main news of the day on Monday, in which the main stars of the tournament did not participate. box, which will appear in the second round.

Russian Khachanov remains headless after his early elimination in the third round of the US Open. In this case, it was the Norwegian Casper Ruud, 21, his executioner 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in just over two hours of play. It is Khachanov's second first-round elimination from Rome in three starts. The key to the confrontation was in the break opportunities: Ruud had 17, for only 3 that Khachanov had. It is the second time that the Norwegian has passed the first round in a Masters 1000 (the first was also in Rome, where he reached the third round last year), and will meet Italian Lorenzo Sonego, who beat Basilashvili by a clear 6-3 and 6-1.

Another surprising elimination was that of the young Felix Auger-Aliassime, who fell for the second year in a row in the first round in Rome. The Canadian was surpassed by Serbian Filip Krajinovic, who is making a good return to the competition, by 6-4 and 7-5. Auger-Aliassime, who has just been eliminated in the round of 16 of the US Open by champion Dominic Thiem, was Novak Djokovic's potential rival in the third round of this Masters 1000 in Rome. Krajinovic is already waiting for the winner of the Edmund-Cecchinato, which will be played this Tuesday.

In one of the most attractive matches on Monday, Borna Coric, the Croatian who eliminated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the US Open and number 26, was charged by the fast track to the Chilean Cristian Garín (14th seed) by 6-4 and 6-4. Garín continues to suffer since the return of tennis, with a victory in four disputed duels, and Coric confirms his good form. The rest of the day on Monday passed without major shocks. The Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who is on the side of Nadal and semifinalist in Rome in 2014, decisively beat the guest player Gianluca Mager 7-5 and 6-1 in an hour and a quarter. The Croatian Marin Cilic, also a semifinalist at the Foro Italico in 2018, suffered somewhat more against the Kazakh Alexander Bublik, who still has not won since the restart of the tournaments, to which he came back for a final result of 6-7 (4) , 6-2 and 6-4, and will face Belgian David Goffin in the second round. Finally, Frenchman Ugo Humbert eliminated Kevin Anderson 6-3, 7-6 (5), and Fabio Fognini is already waiting in the second round.

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