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Albert Ramos-Vinolas converts five of eight break points to beat Yoshihito Nishioka at the Huajin Securities Zhuhai Championships on Monday.

Ramos-Vinolas Charges Past Nishioka In Zhuhai

Norrie through in straight sets

Albert Ramos-Vinolas wasted no time booking his place in the Huajin Securities Zhuhai Championships second round on Monday, beating Yoshihito Nishioka 6-2, 6-1 in 74 minutes.

The 31-year-old Spaniard claimed 81 per cent of first-serve points (22/27) and converted five of eight break points to cruise past Nishioka. Ramos-Vinolas will face one of two Next Gen ATP Finals contenders — Casper Ruud or Miomir Kecmanovic — for a quarter-final spot. The eighth seed owns a 3-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Ruud and is yet to meet Kecmanovic at tour-level.

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Cameron Norrie also reached the second round in Zhuhai, beating Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 6-4. Norrie, who did not face a break point, claimed 87 per cent of first-serve points (26/30) throughout the 67-minute contest.

Norrie will meet third seed Gael Monfils in the second round. The Frenchman defeated Norrie in their only previous FedEx ATP Head2Head encounter at the 2017 Nature Valley International.

In the final match of the day, Frenchman Adrian Mannarino set up a second-round meeting with top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas by beating home favourite Ze Zhang 7-6(6), 7-5. Tsitsipas leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 1-0, a straight-sets win in May at the Mutua Madrid Open.

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