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Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev beat Dusan Lajovic and Stan Wawrinka on Monday in Rotterdam.

Khachanov/Rublev Get Off To Winning Start In Rotterdam Doubles

Khachanov to play Wawrinka in singles opener

Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev won the first match of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Monday by beating Dusan Lajovic and Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 3-6, 10-2.

The Russians, who won the first five games of the match, will next play fourth seeds Marcelo Melo and Jean-Julien Rojer or Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau in the second round.

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Khachanov will challenge 2015 champion and eighth seed Wawrinka in the singles first round. Wawrinka leads 2-1 in their ATP Head2Head, but Khachanov won their last match at the 2019 Rogers Cup 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-2. Fourth seed Rublev begins his campaign against American qualifier Marcos Giron, while Lajovic has been drawn to face top seed Daniil Medvedev.