Rublev and Shapovalov advance; Koepfer eliminates De Miñaur

The Russian beat Argentine Bagnis in two sets and will meet Hurkacz in the second round. Shapovalov beat Pella and De Miñaur disappointed Koepfer.


Russian Andrey Rublev, number 12 in the ATP ranking, defeated Argentinean Facundo Bagnis, world number 135, 6-4 and 6-4 this Tuesday and got off to a good start at the 1000 Masters in Rome, which is being held without an audience for security reasons, on the clay of the Foro Italico. Rublev, the second player with the most victories this season (20 with this Tuesday), behind the 26 of Serbian Novak Djokovic, needed one hour and 39 minutes to beat Bagnis, who entered the main draw after over three rounds classification.

Despite making as many as 26 unforced errors and needing a bit of filming to get used to the clay, after reaching the quarter-finals on concrete at the US Open, Rublev was always in control of the match. Champion this year in Doha and Adelaide and a quarter-finalist in New York, where he surrendered to his compatriot Daniil Medvedev, Rublev stood in the second round of the Roman tournament, in which he will face the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, number 17 of the ranking .

Denis Shapovalov, who fell in the US Open quarters against Pablo Carreño, did not have too many problems to beat Argentine Guido Pella (6-2, 6-3) and will meet Pedro Martínez. Another favorite and also a quarter-finalist in the New York Grand Slam, Alex de Miñaur, stumbled against the German Denis Koepfer (6-3, 3-6 and 7-6 (6)), who will oppose the French Gael Monfils, head of exempt series from the first round. The defeats of Tennys Sandgren against the Italian Caruso (3-6, 6-3 and 7-6 (4)) and of Jan-Lennard Struff against the Argentine Federico Coria (6-1 and 7-6 ( 5)).

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