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Paris Masters starts at Bercy despite France lockdown

The Paris Masters got underway at a near-empty Bercy Arena on Monday amid France's second coronavirus lockdown, with former champion Karen Khachanov being knocked out in the first round.

Paris Masters starts at Bercy despite France lockdown

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  4 Nov 2020 4:25 AM GMT

PARIS: The Paris Masters got underway at a near-empty Bercy Arena on Monday amid France's second coronavirus lockdown, with former champion Karen Khachanov being knocked out in the first round.

Russian Khachanov was beaten 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 by Spanish qualifier Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Croatian Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, claimed an impressive win over Canadian youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime, edging through to the second round 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.

Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez set up a second-round clash with top seed Rafael Nadal -- back in Paris just weeks after lifting a record-extending 13th French Open title -- by beating Serbian Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (13/11), 6-1.

On Tuesday, 9th seed Pablo Busta beat home wildcard Hugo Gaston 6-3, 6-2, 10th seed Milos Raonic beat Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-2, 12th seed Stan Wawrinka beat Dan Evans 6-3, 7-6, Richard Gasquet beat Taylor Fritz 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 while Alejandro Fokina stunned 11th seed Karen Khachanov 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

Tournament organisers had expected to welcome 1,000 fans a day to the event, but instead had to refund the tickets when French President Emmanuel Macron announced France would reenter lockdown last week. Agencies


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