Paire wins close battle to reach second round in Shenzhen

BEIJING: Sixth seed Benoit Paire of France took two hours to defeat Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3 at the ATP Shenzhen Open on Tuesday (Sep 27), carrying him into the second round.

He will next face 32-year-old Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, who bested the China native and wildcard Ze Zhang in the first round 7-6(3), 6-4.

In his first match since the US Open, the eighth seed Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic notched 13 aces in his 6-2, 7-6(8) victory over Pablo Andujar of Spain, as the 1.98m (6'6") lefty showed good form after an injury forced his early exit from the US Open.

Qualifier Ryan Harrison of the US won a second round berth after beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5, 6-4, while Japanese wildcard Akira Santillan fell to Spaniard Inigo Cervantes in 78 minutes.

In the doubles top seeds Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi were ousted in the first round by Fabio Fognini and Robert Lindstedt 5-7, 7-6(2), 10-8 in a 105-minute clash.

Men's singles first round:

Benoit Paire (FRA) bt Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-3
Fabio Fognini (ITA) bt Dudi Sela (ISR) 6-4, 6-1
Jiri Vesely (CZE) bt Pablo Andujar (ESP) 6-2, 7-6 (10/8)
Inigo Cervantes (ESP) bt Akira Santillan (JPN) 6-2, 7-6 (7/5)

Ryan Harrison (USA) bt Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 7-5, 6-4
Malek Jaziri (TUN) bt Stephane Robert (FRA) 6-3, 7-6 (7/5)
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) bt Lukas Rosol (CZE) 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/4)
Mischa Zverev (GER) bt Li Zhe (CHN)6-2, 6-3

- AFP/de