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Italian Open: Berrettini stretched in opener, Monfils exits

Rome, May 11 (IANS) Less than 48 hours after losing a tough Madrid Open final against Alexander Zverev, Italy's world No. 9 Matteo Berrettini was stretched by Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the rain-affected opening round of the Italian Open tennis on Tuesday.

Updated May 11, 2021 17:57 PM

Italian Open: Berrettini stretched in opener, Monfils exits

Berrettini, who recorded his ninth win in his last 10 matches, will take on Australia's John Millman, who defeated Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-4, in the second round.

Basilashvili, winner of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open and BMW Open this year, got the decisive breakthrough enroute to clinching the first set with a forehand winner.

But Berrettini responded with two breaks and 10 winners in the second set. The 25-year-old went on to save three break points at 3-3 in the decider, and secured his fourth win over Basilashvili, when the world No. 30 mishit a forehand wide.

Italian Lorenzo Sonego came through another tough battle against No. 14 seed Gael Monfils of France, winning 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in two hours and 48 minutes.

Sonego, who is now 12-8 this year, including singles and doubles titles at the Sardegna Open in Cagliari, struck 29 winners. He now challenges No. 10 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.

Bautista Agut posted a 6-3, 6-4 win over American qualifier Tommy Paul in one hour and 31 minutes. It was a repeat of their scoreline at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters last month.

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