Casper Rudd was eliminated in the first round of the ATP 500 Championships on turf in London. On Tuesday, the top-ranked Norwegian lost to Ryan Benniston, who made his main series debut. Defending champion Matteo Berrettini qualified for the 1/8 finals.

Marcin Mutica

Casper Road

Getty Images / Frey / TPN / Pictured: Casper Rudd

The season of playing on the Casper Rudd flour ended with great success – the final of Roland Garros. In turn, the struggle on the lawn began with a dramatic failure. In the first round of the ATP Tour in London, the top-ranked Norwegian unexpectedly lost 6:7 (4), 6:7 (2) to 180th wild card holder Ryan Penniston.

For 26-year-old Penniston, this was the first game in the main series. By winning the currently fifth in the world, Rudd achieved the first victory of his career over a competitor in the top 50 rankings. The next challenger to the Briton will be Francisco Cerondolo, who ousted Pedro Martinez.

Matteo Berrettini opened the successful title defense competition at the Cinch Championship. The Italian, champion of last week’s Stuttgart event, didn’t break on Tuesday, he broke himself three times and in just over an hour and a half won 6-3, 6-3 with Daniel Evans.

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In the 1/8 finals, second seed Berrettini will face Denis Kudla, the “lucky loser” in the playoffs. The American, who replaced Andy Murray on the main ladder, beat another Italian, Lorenzo Soni.

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Finalist Sam Querrey sent ten aces, with his own pass, scored 37 of the 51 points he played and defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 6-4, the “five” of the tournament. In the second round, he will fight American Philip Krajinovic. The Serbian turned out to be better than Jenson Broxby on Tuesday.

Stan Wawrinka, after a spectacular fight that lasted nearly three hours, won 7:6 (2), 6:7 (6), 7:6 (5) with Francis Tiafoe. The next Swiss contender will be Denis Shapovalov or Tommy Ball. The match between the Canadian and the American was interrupted after two sets because of the twilight.

Butch van de Zandschulp beat Paul Job of the preliminary round, and will face Grigor Dimitrov in the second round. In the qualifying match, Emile Rossofory beat Quentin Halles and will face Jacek Draper, the wild card holder, in the quarter-finals.

Cinch Championship, London (UK)
ATP 500, grass pitch, prize pool of 2.134 million euros
Tuesday 14 June

Individual first round:

Matteo Berrettini (Italy 2) beat Daniel Evans (Great Britain) 6-3, 6-3
Ryan Penniston (UK, Australia States) beat Casper Rudd (Norway, 1) 7-6 (4) 7-6 (2).
Sam Querrey (USA, Q) beat Diego Schwartzman (Argentina, 5) 6-1, 6-4
Filip Krajinovic (Serbia) beats Jenson Broxby (US) 6:4, 6:3
Francisco Cerondolo (Argentina) Pedro Martinez (Spain) 6-3 6-2
Botic van de Zandschulp (Netherlands) bt Paul Jubb (UK, Q) 7:6 (5), 4:6, 6:1
Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland, PR) – Francis Tiafoe (USA) 7:6 (2), 6:7 (6), 7:6 (5)
Emile Rossovoori (Finland Q) B Quentin Halles (France) 6:4, 6:7 (6), 6:4
Dennis Kudla (USA, L.P) beat Lorenzo Sonego (Italy) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Denis Shapovalov (Canada, 5) – Tommy Paul (USA) 4:6, 6:2 *complete

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