The event of the first round of the ATP 250 hardcourt championship in San Diego was the duel between Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori. The meeting did not take place, and the Briton was promoted after defeating the representative of the host country.

Rafai Smolensky

Britain's Andy Murray

Getty Images/John Perry/Pictured: Andy Murray

Andy Murray’s 12th match against Kei Nishikori was scheduled to take place on Tuesday. Both men received a wild card from the organizers, but the Japanese withdrew a few hours before the match due to a lower back injury. He was replaced by the “lucky loser” from elimination, Dennis Kudla. After a short match, the British defeated the American 6:3, 6:2.

– I trained with Dennis a few times, but I don’t think we’ve played a match before, so it wasn’t easy. I tried to ask players about their strengths and weaknesses. It wasn’t easy for him either, because he was already on his way to LA when he found out he was going to play with me. Murray said in a post-match interview that it was an attempt by him to quickly get back on the court, who will face second-seeded Norwegian Casper Ruud in the second round.

Six-seeded Diego Schwartzman traveled to California straight from Boston, where he competed in the fourth edition of the Laver Cup. He defeated Argentine-Italian Federico Galio 6:2, 6:3 in the inauguration ceremony. Now will stand in his way South African Lloyd Harris, who turned the tide and won with American Christopher Eubank 3:6, 6:1, 6:4.

He also met first competitor Hubert Hurkacz, Felix Auger-Aliassime (#3), who finished first in the quarter. The Canadian will play in the second round with Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Hungarian Marton Vosovic 6: 3, 1: 6, 7: 5 after three hundred matches.

He will meet Lorenzo Sonego and Sebastian Korda in the 1/8 finals. “Nine”, the Georgian Italian Nikoloz Basilashvili was sent off (6:3, 6:4), while the young American won with his compatriot Tommy Paul (6:3, 5:7, 6:1). Britain’s Cameron Norrie, who knocked out German Dominic Kupfer (6:2, 7:5), qualified for the second round.

San Diego OpenSan Diego (USA)
ATP 250, hard courts, 600k prize pool. dollar
Tuesday 28 September

First round of singles:

Lloyd Harris (RPA) – Christopher Eubanks (USA, Q) 3:6, 6:1, 6:4
Diego Schwartzman (Argentina, 6) over Federico Galio (Italy, Q) 6-2 6-3
Cameron Norrie (Britain) beats Dominic Kupfer (Germany) 6-2, 7-5
Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) beat Marton Vosovic (Hungary) 6-3 1-1, 6-7
Lorenzo Sonego (Italy 9) beat Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) 6-3, 6-4
Sebastian Korda (USA) – Tommy Paul (USA) 6:3, 5:7, 6:1
Andy Murray (UK & COA) beat Dennis Kudla (USA, LP) 6-3 6-2

a lot for free: Andrei Rublev (Russia, 1); Casper Rudd (Norway, 2); Felix Auger – Eliassim (Canada, 3); Denis Shapovalov (Canada, 4 years old)

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