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    Felix Auger-Aliassime Makes Quick Begin On Marrakech Debut | ATP Tour

    Felix Auger-Aliassime’s clay-court season is off to a fast begin.

    The highest seed defeated Moroccan wild card Elliot Benchetrit 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday to succeed in the second spherical of the Grand Prix Hassan II on his event debut. The Canadian saved all six break factors he confronted to triumph after one hour and 24 minutes.

    Subsequent up for the World No. 9, who additionally acquired a wild card, will likely be Slovakian lefty Alex Molcan, who eradicated Italian Stefano Travaglia 6-0, 6-4. That is Auger-Aliassime’s first time competing within the ATP 250, however Marrakech is a well-known place.

    “I really like this nation. After all I believe everyone is aware of now that I’ve my girlfriend and a few household that is from right here,” Auger-Aliassime mentioned forward of his opening match. “After all to play additionally on the African continent, it is the one event we have now on the Tour that is performed right here on this continent, in order that’s particular for me.

    “It is superior to be right here, truthfully. I am loving each minute to play on this legendary place.”


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    Three-time Marrakech champion Pablo Andujar ousted second seed Daniel Evans 6-4, 6-2 after one hour and 39 minutes. The Spaniard gained 52 per cent of his return factors as he started his pursuit of a fourth trophy at this occasion. Argentine Federico Coria upset seventh seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.

    #NextGenATP Italian Lorenzo Musetti additionally superior with a 7-6(5), 6-1 victory in opposition to fourth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas. The 20-year-old, who’s pursuing his first ATP Tour title this week, broke serve 5 occasions to maneuver on after one hour and 41 minutes. Musetti will face one other Spaniard, Carlos Taberner, for a spot within the quarter-finals. Taberner led Yannick Hanfmann 6-2, 1-0 when the German retired. 

    A #NextGenATP participant who was unable to succeed in the second spherical was Czech Jiri Lehecka, whom Serbian Laslo Djere eradicated 6-4, 6-4. Portugal’s Joao Sousa ousted 2016 champion Federico Delbonis 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.

    Different gamers who superior had been sixth seed Botic van de Zandschulp (def. Hugo Dellien 6-3, 3-6, 6-4), former World No. 7 Richard Gasquet (def. Henri Laaksonen 7-5, 4-6, 6-4), Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri (def. Jiri Vesely 6-7(6), 6-3, 2-0 ret.) and Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena (def. Marco Cecchinato7-5, 7-6(1)).

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