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Pablo Carreno Busta survives scare to progress to second round at Kremlin Cup

Pablo Carreno Busta survives scare to progress to second round at Kremlin Cup
By PA Sport

18/10/2016 at 21:05

Sixth seed Pablo Carreno Busta survived a scare to progress to the second round at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow after coming from behind to record a 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7/2) win over qualifier Jurgen Melzer.

Sixth seed Pablo Carreno Busta survived a scare to progress to the second round at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow after coming from behind to record a 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7/2) win over qualifier Jurgen Melzer.

Earlier, number seven seed Paolo Lorenzi had comfortably progressed with a 6-4 6-4 over fellow Italian Federico Gaio.

Serbian Dusan Lajovic set up a second-round tie against third seed Philipp Kohlschreiber after he beat compatriot Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (7/4) 6-4.

Evgeny Donskoy will play number two seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas after he came through against fellow Russian Aslan Karatsev, who retired when trailing 6-3 5-1.

Russian Daniil Medvedev also progressed after opponent Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan was forced to withdraw in the second set, trailing 6-4 4-0.

Medvedev will next play fourth seed Viktor Troicki, who was given a bye straight into round two.

Injury also forced Spainard Marcel Granollers out of his first-round match against Stephane Robert of France, who was leading 5-2 in the opening set.

Top seed Roberto Bautista Agut - runner-up in the Shanghai Masters last week and at the Moscow event for the past two years - continues his quest to reach the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 later in the week.

At the Stockholm Open, Portugal's Gastao Elias set up a second-round showdown against top seed Gael Monfils after he saw off Croatian Ivan Dodig 6-2 6-1.

Home wild card Mikael Ymer will face number three seed Ivo Karlovic after the Swede pulled off a shock 6-2 6-1 win over veteran world number 44 Fernando Verdasco.

Elsewhere, German Dustin Brown came from behind to beat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 4-6 6-3 6-3, while Nicolas Almagro of Spain also needed three sets to get past Japanese player Yuichi Sugita 3-6 7-6 (7/1) 6-3.

There was an early exit for number sixth seed Joao Sousa at the European Open in Antwerp where the Portuguese was defeated in three sets by Marius Copil of Romania, 4-6 6-3 6-3.

French seventh seed Nicolas Mahut also lost, beaten 7-6 (7/2) 7-5 by Argentina's Diego Schwartzman.

German Florian Mayer saw off Spanish wildcard Tommy Robredo 6-2 6-2 which secured a second-round tie against top seed David Goffin of Belgium.

British number two Kyle Edmund continued his fine recent form with a battling 7-6 (9/7) 7-6 (7/5) win over Illya Marchenko, and will take on second seed David Ferrer for a place in the third round.

Slovakian qualifier Jozef Kovalik beat Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 6-3, while German Jan-Lennard Struff progressed after beating veteran Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (3/7) 6-3 6-0.

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