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Medvedev beaten in Hamburg after run to U.S. Open semifinals

September 22, 2020 GMT
Gael Monfils of France returns the ball during his 1st round tennis match against Yannick Hanfmann of Germany at the ATP Tour German Open in Hamburg, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)
Gael Monfils of France returns the ball during his 1st round tennis match against Yannick Hanfmann of Germany at the ATP Tour German Open in Hamburg, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Daniil Medvedev lost his first match since reaching the U.S. Open semifinals as he was beaten 6-4, 6-3 Tuesday by unseeded French player Ugo Humbert in the first round of the Hamburg European Open.

The top-seeded Medvedev was a break up at 4-3 in the first set but was broken twice in a row by Humbert, who is ranked 36 places below the Russian at 41st.

This was Medvedev’s only clay-court warm-up ahead of the French Open. He hadn’t played on clay for 16 months since a first-round defeat at last year’s French Open and played only at hard-court tournaments in the last 14 months. Humbert next faces qualifier Jiri Vesely.

Medvedev lost to eventual winner Dominic Thiem in the semifinals of the U.S. Open.

Third-seeded Gael Monfils was also eliminated in the first round, losing 6-4, 6-3 to 103rd-ranked Yannick Hanfmann.

Hanfmann needed just 1 hour, 13 minutes to wrap up the win and the German will next face Cristian Garin, who swept past Kei Nishikori 6-0, 6-3.

Garin is bidding to win his third trophy on clay this year.

Fourth-seeded Roberto Bautista-Agut won 6-4, 6-3 against two-time defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili to set up a second-round meeting with Dominik Koepfer.

The 32-year-old Bautista Agut, who became a father for the first time last week, saved two of the four break points he faced and converted four of his nine opportunities to win in 1 hour, 25 minutes.

The Spaniard next faces Dominik Koepfer of Germany for a place in the quarterfinals. Koepfer defeated Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-1.

Fabio Fognini built up momentum after a slow start to oust Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. The sixth-seeded Italian will play either Casper Ruud or Benoit Paire in the second round.

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Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated Lorenzo Sonego of Italy 6-2, 7-6 (2) and will next play Alexander Bublik, who beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 7-6 (5).

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