Machac downs Murray in Marseille, Foki notches 100th win

Zhang rallies past Zeppieri at ATP 250
February 06, 2024
Tomas Machac collects his fourth match win of the season in Marseille Tuesday. By ATP Staff

Tomas Machac ensured Andy Murray’s wait for a first tour-level win of 2024 continued on Tuesday at the Open 13 Provence, where the Czech moved past the former World No. 1 with a 7-5, 6-4 first-round victory.

Machac was rock solid in his maiden Lexus ATP Head2Head clash with Murray. The 23-year-old converted three of five break points he earned, according to Infosys ATP Stats, as he improved to 4-2 for the season after 97 minutes in southern France.

“It’s special to share the court with such a great player, such a legend,” said Machac in his on-court interview. “I’m super happy that I could play against him and that I won today is just a bonus.”

Awaiting the World No. 66 in the second round will be Lorenzo Musetti. After beating the World No. 49 Murray, Machac will be looking to improve on his 5-13 record against Top 50 opponents when he takes on the Italian sixth seed.

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Earlier on Tuesday, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina rallied past home favourite Gregoire Barrere 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to register the 100th tour-level victory of his career. The Spaniard, competing for the first time since he announced his engagement, prevailed in a two-hour, five-minute battle to equal his best performance in Marseille from 2021.

Fifth seed Davidovich Fokina next plays Emil Ruusuvuori or #NextGenATP Frenchman Luca Van Assche, while Zhang Zhizhen also advanced to the second round with a comeback win. The Chinese star, competing at a career-high No. 50 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, defeated Giulio Zeppieri 6-7(9), 6-1, 6-4 to set a clash with Felix Auger-Aliassime or Quentin Halys.

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