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Ex-finalist Rublev beats Sandgren at Hamburg European Open

September 21, 2020 GMT
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Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic plays in a first round tennis match against Gilles Simon of France at the ATP Tour - German Open in Hamburg, Germany, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)
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Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic plays in a first round tennis match against Gilles Simon of France at the ATP Tour - German Open in Hamburg, Germany, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)

HAMBURG (AP) — Former finalist Andrey Rublev began his Hamburg European Open campaign by defeating American qualifier Tennys Sandgren 6-3, 6-3 on Monday.

The fifth-seeded Russian converted 90% of his first-service points, losing just three from 29.

Rublev, who lost to Nikoloz Basilashvili in last year’s final, next faces another American qualifier, Tommy Paul, who defeated Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 0-6, 6-4.

Also, 2011 champion Gilles Simon lost to Jiri Vesely 7-5, 6-2, and Pablo Cuevas defeated Taylor Fritz, another American, 6-4, 6-2.

Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are the top seeds at the clay-court tournament.

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