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Yuichi Sugita improves to 2-1 on the 2020 season on Monday in Pune.

Sugita, Troicki To Meet In Pune

Caruso, Stebe also advance on day one

Japan's Yuichi Sugita set a second-round showdown with Serbian Viktor Troicki on Monday at the Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune.

The fifth-seeded Japanese beat Italy's Thomas Fabbiano 6-3, 6-0. Sugita saved six of seven break points to improve to 2-1 in 2020. 

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The 33-year-old Troicki qualified for the ATP 250 and secured his first singles win of the season with a 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-1 win against Indian Sumit Nagal, who took a set off Roger Federer last year in the first round of the US Open.

In other action, German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe beat 2019 finalist Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-3, 6-4 and will next meet second seed Ricardas Berankis. Seventh seed Salvatore Caruso of Italy also advanced, holding off Indian wild card Ramkumar Ramanathan 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

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