Hamburg Open: Dominic Thiem beat Pablo Cuevas to enter second round; Alexander Zverev, Fabio Fognini advance

Back on clay for the first time since losing the French Open final to Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem beat Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 7-6 (3) Tuesday to reach the second round of the Hamburg European Open.

The Associated Press July 24, 2019 17:37:27 IST
Hamburg Open: Dominic Thiem beat Pablo Cuevas to enter second round; Alexander Zverev, Fabio Fognini advance

Hamburg: Back on clay for the first time since losing the French Open final to Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem beat Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 7-6 (3) Tuesday to reach the second round of the Hamburg European Open.

Hamburg Open Dominic Thiem beat Pablo Cuevas to enter second round Alexander Zverev Fabio Fognini advance

Dominic Thiem in action. Reuters

The top-seeded Thiem broke Cuevas in the Uruguayan's first service game of each set, but struggled to press his advantage before closing out the match in 1 hour, 42 minutes.

It was Thiem's 250th career tour-level win and set up a second-round meeting with Hungary's Marton Fucsovics. Thiem's only previous match since the French Open final was a first-round loss to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon.

Second-seeded German Alexander Zverev pleased his home crowd with a 6-4, 6-2 over Nicolas Jarry, whom he also beat in the Geneva final in May. Next up for Zverev is Federico Delbonis.

Third-seeded Fabio Fognini dealt with qualifier Julian Lenz 6-4, 6-4, while fourth-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili beat qualifier Hugo Dellien 6-4, 6-3 in just over an hour, and will next face Juan Ignacio Londero.

The day's surprise result came in an all-Serbian first-round match as fifth-seeded Laslo Djere was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by compatriot Filip Krajinovic.

Seventh-seeded Jan-Lennard Struff had 10 aces as he eased past Thiago Monteiro 6-1, 6-3.

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