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Jannik Sinner saves all six break points he faces to defeat Norbert Gombos at the Open 13 Provence on Tuesday.

Sinner Sets Medvedev Clash In Marseille

Italian wins six of final seven points in tournament opener

Jannik Sinner made a winning start to his debut Open 13 Provence campaign on Tuesday, beating Norbert Gombos 6-4, 7-6(5) in Marseille.

The reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion, who trailed the second-set tie-break 1/4, saved all six break points he faced throughout the two-hour, three-minute encounter. Sinner is competing at a career-high No. 68 in the FedEx ATP Rankings this week. At last week’s ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, the Italian recorded his maiden Top 10 victory against David Goffin to reach his first ATP 500 quarter-final.

Sinner will face top seed Daniil Medvedev in the second round. Medvedev is making his second appearance in the main draw this year. The World No. 5 advanced to the quarter-finals on his tournament debut in 2017.

In the first match of the evening session, Gilles Simon battled past wild card Harold Mayot 6-4, 7-6(3). The 2007 and 2015 titlist won 75 per cent of service points (48/64) to improve to 27-11 in Marseille after one hour and 56 minutes.

Simon will face Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, who scored a thrilling 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 upset over fifth-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov. Bedene raised his level in the final game of the match and earned the lone break of the deciding set to advance in two hours and 23 minutes. The 30-year-old scored his first victory against Khachanov in their ATP Head2Head series. 

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Hubert Hurkacz needed just 64 minutes to move past French wild card Antoine Hoang 6-4, 6-1. The eighth seed dropped just two points behind his first serve (22/24) to book a second-round clash against Vasek Pospisil. The Montpellier runner-up saved five of six break points to beat Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland 7-6(6), 6-3.

Two-time finalist Marin Cilic recovered from a set down to overcome Ilya Ivashka 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4. The former World No. 3 will meet fourth seed Denis Shapovalov in the second round. Cilic and Shapovalov are tied at 1-1 in their ATP Head2Head series.

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