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Tommy Paul breaks Mikael Ymer's serve four times to reach the second round in Moscow.

Paul Maintains Momentum In Moscow

American will next play two-time Moscow champion Cilic

Tommy Paul reached the fourth round of an ATP Masters 1000 event for the first time in Indian Wells, and the American has maintained his momentum in Moscow.

The World No. 54 advanced to the second round of the VTB Kremlin Cup on Tuesday with a 7-6(7), 7-5 win against Swede Mikael Ymer.

Paul broke the Next Gen ATP Finals alumnus' serve four times and won 44 per cent of his return points to move on after one hour and 57 minutes. The 24-year-old, who upset Andrey Rublev in the California desert, will next play two-time Moscow champion Marin Cilic, who beat Damir Dzumhur in three sets on Monday.

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There was an upset in the Russian capital when qualifier Illya Marchenko ousted fifth seed Alexander Bublik 6-4, 6-3. The Ukrainian saved the two break points he faced to set a clash against Australian John Millman.


Top-seeded Rublev learned his first opponent when Frenchman Adrian Mannarino rallied past wild card Roman Safiullin 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 after two hours and 32 minutes. The tricky lefty lost his only previous ATP Head2Head meeting against Rublev two years ago in the Moscow final.

In other action, Belarusian qualifier Egor Gerasimov clawed past Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 and Spaniard Pedro Martinez led Guido Pella 6-2 when the Argentine retired.

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