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Khachanov Rolls In Halle Return

Karen Khachanov won his first match as a Top 10 player on Monday at the NOVENTI OPEN in Halle. The 2017 semi-finalist dismissed Serbian lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic 7-6(5), 6-4 to reach the second round at the ATP 500 event in Germany.

Khachanov, who broke into the Top 10 last Monday after making his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland Garros, lost his opener last week at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart to eventual champion Matteo Berrettini. The 6’6” right-hander is the first Russian to be ranked inside the Top 10 since Mikhail Youzhny during the week of 7 February 2011.

Khachanov, who improved to 15-14 on the year, will next face German Jan-Lennard Struff or Serbian Laslo Djere.

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Pierre-Hugues Herbert won an all-French battle against Gael Monfils 7-6(6), 6-4. The 28-year-old Herbert won won 53 per cent of his second-serve return points and will next meet German wild card Rudolf Molleker or Ukraine qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky.

In other first-round action, Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com champion Radu Albot prevailed past Aussie Matthew Ebden 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, and Portuguese qualifier Joao Sousa ousted Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(3), 6-1.

Khachanov Rolls In Halle Return

Karen Khachanov won his first match as a Top 10 player on Monday at the NOVENTI OPEN in Halle. The 2017 semi-finalist dismissed Serbian lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic 7-6(5), 6-4 to reach the second round at the ATP 500 event in Germany.

Khachanov, who broke into the Top 10 last Monday after making his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland Garros, lost his opener last week at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart to eventual champion Matteo Berrettini. The 6’6” right-hander is the first Russian to be ranked inside the Top 10 since Mikhail Youzhny during the week of 7 February 2011.

Khachanov, who improved to 15-14 on the year, will next face German Jan-Lennard Struff or Serbian Laslo Djere.

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Pierre-Hugues Herbert won an all-French battle against Gael Monfils 7-6(6), 6-4. The 28-year-old Herbert won won 53 per cent of his second-serve return points and will next meet German wild card Rudolf Molleker or Ukraine qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky.

In other first-round action, Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com champion Radu Albot prevailed past Aussie Matthew Ebden 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, and Portuguese qualifier Joao Sousa ousted Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(3), 6-1.

Khachanov Wins Moscow Title; Edmund Captures Antwerp Crown; Tsitsipas Claims Maiden Title in Stockholm

VTB Kremlin Cup—Moscow, Russia

Hometown hero Karen Khachanov defeated No. 3 seed Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday to capture his third career title in Moscow, Russia. Dominating the match from start to finish, Khachanov needed 53 minutes to complete the encounter. Hitting six aces and winning 80 percent of his first serve points, Khachanov kept Mannarino to only 15 percent of his second serve points won. Improving to 3-0 against Mannarino in lifetime meetings, Khachanov collected 250 ATP World Tour points toward his ranking.

Mannarino, who was in search of his first career title, fell to 0-6 in Tour level finals.

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European Open—Antwerp, Belgium

Top seed Kyle Edmund captured his maiden career title on the ATP World Tour on Sunday, dismissing No. 6 seed Gael Monfils 36 76(2) 76(4) in Antwerp, Belgium.

In a match that took two hours and 25 minutes to complete, Edmund withstood 17 aces from Monfils to capture his first title. Hitting four aces of his own, Edmund won 77 percent of his first serve points and 61 percent of his second serve points.

Monfils, who has encountered another year full of injury, was attempting to win his second title after prevailing in Doha, Qatar at the beginning of the season. Playing in his 28th career final, Monfils fell to 7-21 in championship matches.

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Intrum Stockholm Open—Stockholm, Sweden

No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas captured his maiden career ATP World Tour title on Sunday in Stockholm, Sweden, dismissing Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4.

In a match that featured even play throughout, Tsitsipas broke once in each set on the strength of his strong baseline play. Winning 83 percent of his first serve points and 77 percent of his second serve points, Tsitsipas won 250 ATP World Tour points for his efforts.

Gulbis, who was attempting to win his seventh career title, fell to 6-1 in championship matches. The Latvian was playing in his first final in over four years.