Rublev wins, Wawrinka loses in Round 1 in Rotterdam

Russia's Andrey Rublev celebrates winning in two sets, 7-6, 6-3, against United States' Marcos Giron in their first round men's singles match of the ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (Peter Dejong/AP)

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Andrey Rublev advanced to the second round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament by beating American qualifier Marcos Giron 7-6 (1), 6-3 on Tuesday.

The fourth-seeded Rublev won after he was pushed hard by Giron as the first set went with serve, before breaking the American twice in the second set. It was Rublev's first match since he was beaten by fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

Rublev will play Andy Murray in the second round.

Eighth-seeded Stan Wawrinka's disappointing start to the season continued as he was beaten 6-4, 7-5 by Karen Khachanov following a second-round exit at the Australian Open.

Khachanov's win sets up another Russian-British match in the second round, this time against qualifier Cameron Norrie.

Alex de Minaur won an all-Australian match against John Millman 6-1, 6-4 to set up a second-round meeting with Kei Nishikori. Poland's Hubert Hurkacz saw off experienced French player Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 7-6 (6).

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