Andy Murray is looking to have a "decent run" in the singles at the Winston-Salem Open, where Tomas Berdych opened with a victory.

Former world number one Murray is in North Carolina after accepting a wildcard into the ATP 250 tournament, having opted to skip the upcoming US Open.

Murray lost to Richard Gasquet at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati – the three-time grand slam champion's first singles appearance since January's Australian Open due to hip surgery.

The 32-year-old, who has been playing doubles, will face American Tennys Sandgren in the Winston-Salem Open first round on Monday and he told BBC Sport: "All matches are difficult at this level, and when you've been out for a long time, and with the severity of the operation I had, it is going to take time.

"I'm not setting my expectations too high, but I do want to try and get matches in just now. So I'd like to get through a few matches here, and hopefully have a decent run."

On Sunday, Czech veteran and 2012 runner-up Berdych advanced to the second round thanks to a 6-1 3-6 6-3 win over Andreas Seppi in his first match since Wimbledon.

In the final tune-up event before the US Open gets underway at Flushing Meadows on August 26, Robin Haase defeated Denis Kudla 6-4 7-6 (7-3) and Jaume Munar lost 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-1 to Lloyd Harris.

Marius Copil outlasted Martin Klizan 6-4 3-6 6-3, while Prajnesh Gunneswaran eased past Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-3 6-4.

Seeds Matthew Ebden and Andreas Seppi both suffered surprise defeats at the Geneva Open on Monday.

Nicolas Jarry upset Australian Ebden 6-2 7-6 (7-4), while Seppi suffered a similar fate at the hands of Hugo Dellien, who won 6-1 3-6 6-4.

Their exits have opened up a potentially easier route to the latter stages for Grigor Dimitrov, whose match with Federico Delbonis was postponed due to rain.

Dimitrov accepted a wild card into qualifying and has looked sharp ahead of the French Open, with top seed and world number five Alexander Zverev also in action on Tuesday, against Ernests Gulbis.

Ugo Humbert was a standout performer at the Lyon Open, ending a three-match losing streak as he beat Cameron Norrie 6-1 6-3, hitting eight aces and converting six of nine break points.

There were no surprises elsewhere, though sixth seed Richard Gasquet had to come from behind to beat qualifier Maxime Janvier 6-7(5-7) 6-2 7-6 (7-2).

Meanwhile, Tristan Lamasine beat Jannik Sinner to set up a second-round clash with top seed Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Stan Wawrinka reached the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open by gaining revenge over Milos Raonic, but Stefanos Tsitsipas surprisingly bowed out in the first round. 

Having suffered a third consecutive defeat to Raonic at the Australian Open last month, Wawrinka beat the big-serving Canadian 6-4 7-6 (7-4) on Wednesday. 

The three-time grand slam champion's previous win over Raonic came en route to winning this tournament four years ago and he claimed the only break of the match in the first set before edging a second-set tie-break. 

There were only three break-point opportunities in a tight contest as wildcard Wawrinka booked a meeting with Denis Shapovalov in the last eight.

Shapovalov came out on top against Tomas Berdych in a battle between youth and experience, winning 6-4 6-3. 

The teenager struck 33 winners to oust the former world number four, who reached the semi-finals of the Open Sud de France last week after starting his season with a run to the final of the Qatar Open following a long absence due to a back injury. 

Australian Open semi-finalist Tsitsipas fell at the first hurdle, Damir Dzumhur defeating the third seed 6-4 1-6 7-5. 

Gael Monfils reached the quarter-finals by rallying to beat Andreas Seppi 4-6 6-1 6-3, while Daniil Medvedev, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marton Fucsovics all made it through to round two.

 

 

Stan Wawrinka got back to winnings ways by defeating Benoit Paire in straight sets in the first round of the Rotterdam Open on Monday.

Former world number three Wawrinka, yet to return to his previous heights after serious knee injuries, staved off three set points before clinching a tie-break and he reeled off six games in succession to complete a 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 triumph.

The victory represented the Swiss' first since the opening round of the Australian Open, having suffered back-to-back defeats against Milos Raonic – who he could face in the second round in Netherlands – and Marius Copil.

Paire was unable to convert a break point while leading 5-3 in the first set and he passed up two opportunities to serve it out, and Wawrinka made sure to punish him by claiming the tie-break and racing to victory.

"It was difficult to play against a good friend and we played some good shots. Winning the first set was the key and I played with confidence in the second set," said the 2015 champion Wawrinka.

"I feel good in general. I had a good off-season and took the time to get back in shape. I now need matches to build my confidence, but I have to be patient with that. It was a long year to get back physically, but now I'm playing well."

Hyeon Chung was unable to make the most of winning the first set as he fell to a 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-2 defeat against Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Andreas Seppi also required three sets to see off qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-2, while Mikhail Kukushkin eliminated home hope Robin Haase 6-2 7-6 (7-4).

Andy Murray was beaten by Roberto Bautista Agut despite a stirring fightback in what could be the final match of his career, while Roger Federer cruised through on day one of the Australian Open. 

Alex de Minaur won two matches in a day to claim his first ATP Tour title in his hometown at the Sydney International.

The 19-year-old suffered defeat to Daniil Medvedev in the final last year but ensured he got his hands on the trophy this time by overcoming Andreas Seppi 7-5 7-6 (7-5), after defeating Gilles Simon 6-3 6-2 in a semi-final held over due to rain.

De Minaur, who rose from 208th in the rankings to 31st in a breakout 2018, consequently became the youngest Sydney champion since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001.

Now the world number 29, De Minaur faced minimal trouble in dispatching Simon. He staved off four break points to serve out the first set and completed the win by reeling off four games in succession.

A meeting with Seppi proved far more arduous, but the Australian recovered from dropping his serve in the opening game to take the first set after over an hour on court.

Neither player was able to assert themselves in a second-set tie-break as De Minaur fought back from a mini-break down three times, the Italian succumbing to defeat with a backhand to the net on the only match point.

De Minaur will begin his Australian Open campaign against Pedro Sousa on Monday, while Seppi faces 31st seed Steve Johnson.

Andreas Seppi dumped top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas out of the Sydney International, while German duo Philipp Kohlschreiber and Jan-Lennard Struff knocked out the final two seeds in the ASB Classic on Thursday.

Seppi struck a blow for experience over youth, coming from a set down to beat the promising Greek 4-6 6-4 6-4.

Veteran Italian Seppi claimed the only break of the second set and that decisive break in the third to lead 5-4, then showed no signs of nerves as he served out the match 

Gilles Simon was pushed all the way as he ensured no other seeds would lose in Sydney, eventually prevailing 7-5 3-6 7-6 (7-3) against Australian John Millman.

There is one home favourite in the semi-final draw, though, as Alex De Minaur knocked out compatriot Jordan Thompson in straight sets.

Diego Schwartzman will play Seppi on Friday after a 6-1 3-6 7-6 (7-1) win over Yoshihito Nishioka.

Meanwhile, Fabio Fognini and Pablo Carreno-Busta both fell by the way side in Auckland, with Kohlschreiber and Struff reaching a semi-final draw that contains no seeded players.

Kohlschreiber will play Tennys Sandgren after easing past second seed Fognini 6-3 6-1, but life was tougher for Struff, who endured a long day that included beating Carreno-Busta.

Struff was forced to go to three tiebreaks in a 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (9-7) singles win in the last eight, while another two were required as he teamed up with Ben McLachlan in the doubles semis and defeated Wesley Koolhof and Marcus Daniell.

The German played just short of four and a half hours in all and will be in action again on Friday, with Briton Cameron Norrie his next opponent after Taylor Fritz, who had knocked out John Isner, was seen off in straight sets.

Stefanos Tsitsipas cruised into the quarter-finals of the Sydney International with a straight-sets defeat of Guido Andreozzi, while Taylor Fritz upset John Isner at the Auckland Open on Wednesday.

There are high hopes that Tsitsipas can kick on this year after winning the Next Gen ATP Finals in November and the top seed was too good for Andreozzi, winning 6-3 6-4.

Andreozzi was broken three times and, despite showing character to win three games in a row from 5-1 down in the second set, the lucky loser was unable to take it the distance.

World number 15 Tsitsipas will now come up against Andreas Seppi following the Italian's 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 triumph over Martin Klizan.

Alex de Minaur, runner-up in his homeland last year, advanced with a 6-4 7-6 (7-5) victory over American qualifier Reilly Opelka, setting up an all-Australian clash with Jordan Thompson.

Third seed Diego Schwartzman coasted to a 6-2 6-3 win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, while John Millman took out seventh seed Marton Fucsovics 6-3 6-4.

Yoshihito Nishioka and Gilles Simon progressed at the expense of Andrey Rublev and Sam Querrey respectively. 

Fritz claimed the scalp of world number 10 and fellow American Isner, winning 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5) to reach the quarter-finals in New Zealand.

Top seed Isner served 26 aces, but mini-breaks in each tie-break saw 21-year-old Fritz through. 

Fabio Fognini battled his way past Peter Gojowczyk, the third seed from Italy winning 6-2 3-6 7-6 (7-5).

Marco Cecchinato, the third seed, bowed out with a 6-3 6-3 loss to Tennys Sandgren, while Pablo Carreno Busta, Jan-Lennard Struff, Leonardo Mayer, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Cameron Norrie were the other winners on day three.

Bernard Tomic progressed to the second round of the Chengdu Open as the Australian came from a set and a break down against Bradley Klahn to record his first tour-level win since Wimbledon. 

As the tennis world prepared for a US Open quarter-final blockbuster between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, unheralded Australian John Millman had other ideas.

Jan-Lennard Struff shocked fourth seed Marco Cecchinato to advance to the Winston-Salem round of 16, while Nicolas Jarry moved through.

Italian Andreas Seppi was among the winners at the ATP Winston-Salem, while Benoit Paire exited on Sunday.

None of the seeds were in action at the ATP 250 tournament, where Cincinnati Masters semi-finalist

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