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Steve Darcis converts four of five break points to beat Roberto Carballes Baena at the Tata Open Maharashtra on Monday.

Darcis Earns Comeback Win In Pune

Munar through in straight sets

After missing the entire 2018 ATP Tour season due to an elbow injury, Steve Darcis made a winning return to action at the Tata Open Maharashtra on Monday.

"It feels good [to win], of course," said Darcis. "When you don't play for 400 days it is long and to come here and have the first win of the year, I feel great."

The 34-year-old Belgian notched a 6-3, 6-4 win over sixth seed Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain after one hour and 33 minutes, converting four of five break points en route to his first tour-level victory since the 2017 European Open in Antwerp.

"I had a lot of pressure. It is strange to come back onto the court for a match after such a long time, but I was feeling good on the court," said Darcis. "Of course, [there was] a lot of stress, but I just tried to be solid... I was serving good, so I am pretty happy about the way I played today."

Darcis will meet #NextGenATP American Michael Mmoh for a place in the quarter-finals. Mmoh defeated Indian wild card Prajnesh Gunneswaran 7-5, 6-3.

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Jaume Munar earned his first win of the season in Pune, beating Radu Albot 6-2, 7-6(4) on his tournament debut. The 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals semi-finalist saved nine of 10 break points to move into a second-round clash against Simone Bolelli or Denis Istomin.

Evgeny Donskoy also overcame seeded Spanish opposition to advance to the second round, saving four consecutive match points from 2/6 down in the final-set tie-break to eliminate eighth seed Pablo Andujar 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(6). Donskoy converted his first match point after two hours and 30 minutes to book a second-round meeting with Felix Auger-Aliassime or Ivo Karlovic.

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