Andrey Rublev and Roberto Bautista, winners of last week’s events in Marseille and Doha, advanced to the second round of the ATP 500 Championships in Dubai on Tuesday. Denis Shapovalov won a difficult meeting with Marton Vosovich.

Marcin Mutica

Andrei Rublev

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Andrei Rublev joined the tournament in Dubai after playing in Marseille, where he won the title on Sunday. At the opening competition at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, he met a demanding competitor, Daniel Evans. But the Russian rose to the challenge and defeated the Briton 6:4, 7:5, although he had problems with the “i” and only used the match seven ball.

Rublev created eight aces, 31 goals and four breaks in 96 minutes of play. In the 1/8 finals, he will soon face the Russian second seed Wu Kwon.

Last week’s second winner, Roberto Bautista, also started successfully in Dubai. The Spaniard, the Doha competition champion, did not have to defend himself against any breakthrough and won 6:3, 6:4 with Arthur Renderknik. Another challenger to Bautista’s top eight will be qualified Jerry Vesely.

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Finalist from Doha Nikoloz Basilashvili was eliminated. Georgian lost 2:6, 3:6 with Alexei Buberin. The Australian “lucky loser” in the qualifying round will face Ricardas Beranques, a qualified player, to advance to the quarter-finals.

In last Tuesday’s match, Denis Shapovalov had a tough match with Marton Fukowicz. The Canadian made up for the loss of the group and after a two-and-a-half hour fight, he won 4: 6, 6: 4, 7: 5. In the 1/8 finals, Shapovalov, the “six” championship, will face Taro Daniel, the qualifiers.

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Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Dubai (UAE)
ATP 500, Hard Court, $2.794 million prize pool
Tuesday 22 February

Individual first round:

Andrey Rublev (Russia, 2) vs Daniel Evans (Great Britain) 6:4, 7:5
Denis Shapovalov (Canada 6) beat Marton Vosovic (Hungary) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Roberto Bautista (Spain 8) – Arthur Rinderkneich (France) 6-3 6-4
Alexei Buberin (Australia) defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) 6-2, 6-3.

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