Rune Earns Debut Win In Lyon
The 19-year-old clinched his maiden ATP Tour title in Munich at the start of May and has now won his past six tour-level matches following his two-hour, two-minute triumph against Rinderknech.
By improving to 1-1 in their ATP Head2Head series, Rune, who is third in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Milan, booked a second-round clash with Adrian Mannarino.
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The Frenchman upset sixth seed Aslan Karatsev 7-6(0), 6-4 in two hours and 17 minutes to earn his first clay-court win of the season.
With his back against the wall, Mannarino saved four set points in the first set, rallying from 1-5 before he found his best level in the second set to advance. The 33-year-old is making his second appearance at home in Lyon.
Cerundolo reached the semi-finals on clay in Rio de Janeiro in February and is now 8-4 on the surface in 2022.