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Borna Coric won 35 of 48 of his first-service points to beat Marton Fucsovics in Paris on Monday.

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Borna Coric, the No. 15 seed, knuckled down to beat Hungarian qualifier Marton Fucsovics for the third time on Monday at the Rolex Paris Masters.

The Croatian produced a quality serving performance to win 7-6(5), 6-1 in one hour and 46 minutes for a place in the second round where he’ll meet Australian Jordan Thompson, who overcame Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-2, 6-3. Coric won 35 of his 48 first-service points.

"It was not an easy match and every time we have played it's been very tough,” said Coric, in a post-match interview. "It's always been a very physical match. In the tie-break, I went for my shots that maybe weren't logical, but it paid off. In the second set, I started to play much better and played at quite a high level at the end. I played one bad game at 2-1 in the first set, when I missed two first serves, but pretty much the rest of the time I was serving huge. I feel like I'm starting to play some good tennis."

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After an early exchange of service breaks, Fucsovics locked in and led 3/0 in the tie-break before a concentration lapse let Coric back into their third ATP Head2Head meeting. Fucsovics hit a backhand long to end the 62-minute opener, then Coric raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set en route to his 16th match win of the 2020 season.

World No. 24 Coric recently reached the St. Petersburg Open final (l. to Rublev) for the second straight year. Fucsovics drops to a 14-10 match record in 2020.

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Alex de Minaur made a clinical start to his third Rolex Paris Masters campaign. The Australian No. 1 saved all three break points he faced to defeat Stefano Travaglia 6-4, 6-4.

De Minaur will next face Vienna runner-up Lorenzo Sonego or Alexander Bublik for a place in the third round. The 21-year-old is competing for the first time since reaching his first ATP Tour championship match of the year at the European Open in Antwerp two weeks ago (l. to Humbert).

Elsewhere, 39-year-old Feliciano Lopez set up a second-round match against fellow Spaniard and World No. 2 Rafael Nadal after a 7-6(11), 6-1 win over Filip Krajinovic of Serbia. Lopez saved six set points at 3/6, 6/7, 8/9 and 10/11 in the first-set tie-break.

Lucky loser Radu Albot withstood 21 aces to defeat Hubert Hurkacz 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-4 in two hours and 14 minutes. The Moldovan will face Vienna champion and fifth seed Andrey Rublev in the second round.

Qualifiers Marcos Giron and Norbert Gombos also claimed their places in the second round. Gombos moved past Marco Cecchinato 6-2, 7-6(2) to book a meeting with David Goffin, while Giron outlasted Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 to earn a second-round clash against Matteo Berrettini.

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