ATP round-up: Two seeds fall in Sofia | Sports exchange


Both seeded players lost on Monday during the opening round of the Sofia (Bulgaria) Open of the ATP Tour.

Italy’s Gianluca Mager defeated sixth seeded Adrian Mannarino from France 6-3, 6-2, and Frenchman Benoit Paire defeated seventh seeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina from Spain 6-4, 7-5.

Mager had lost his first round match in three of his past four tournaments, including the US Open. He saved the only breakpoint he faced against Mannarino. Paire, who ended a three-game losing streak with one defeat in the opening round in New York, ended up 11-1 at Assen against Davidovich Fokina.

In the only other game of the event on Monday, Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic defeated Bulgarian wildcard participant Adrian Andreev 7: 6 (7), 6: 4.

Brandon Nakashima, a native of San Diego, broke serve at the last point of the game to complete a 6-7 (5), 6-1, 7-5 win over Italian Fabio Fognini in the first round of his home tournament.

Nakashima, 20, ended with eight aces and only two double faults. Fognini made a double fault nine times and had only one ace.

Elsewhere in the opening round, the Russian Aslan Karatsev defeated the Argentine Federico Delbonis 6: 1, 7: 5. A high school product from San Diego, 23-year-old Taylor Fritz played the late game against Italian Salvatore Caruso.

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