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Alex de Minaur breezed through his first match of 2021 on Friday in Antalya.

De Minaur Races Into Antalya Second Round

Fognini joins Berrettini in second round

Fourth seed Alex de Minaur required just 61 minutes to overcome Malek Jaziri of Tunisia on Tuesday at the Antalya Open.

The 21-year-old Australian, who compiled a 13-11 record last season, broke serve five times. De Minaur now faces Bulgarian qualifier Adrian Andreev, who recorded his first ATP Tour match win over Turkish wild card Marsel Ilhan 6-4, 6-3 in 76 minutes.

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Elsewhere, Fabio Fognini joined fellow Italian Matteo Berrettini by beginning 2021 with a win.

Third seed Fognini came through a 6-4, 7-6(4) first-round victory over Czech qualifier Michael Vrbensky in one hour and 39 minutes. Fognini, who broke serve in the third game of each set, saw Vrbensky respond in a competitive second set. The Czech won the first three points of the tie-break.

The 33-year-old will now challenge France’s Jeremy Chardy, who defeated Radu Albot of Moldova 6-3, 6-4 in 80 minutes. Fognini is bidding to capture his first ATP Tour title this week since April 2019 when he clinched the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters crown (d. Lajovic).

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Elsewhere, France’s Tristan Lamasine recovered from 3-5 down in the first set and saved one set point at 4-5 in a 7-6(6), 6-2 victory over Egor Gerasimov of Belarus. Lamasine now prepares to meet eighth-seeded Kazakhstani Alexander Bublik in the second round.

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