Edmund determined to 'go all the way' at New York Open

Kyle Edmund is eyeing the New York Open title after beating sixth seed Miomir Kecmanovic to reach the final where Andreas Seppi lies in wait.

Following a nightmare 2019 season and stuttering start to 2020, Edmund has turned things around in New York as he comfortably beat the Serb 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and 12 minutes.

World No 62 Edmund raced into a 5-0 lead in the first set before Kecmanovic finally got onto the board while the Brit broke in game nine of the second set to set up the win.

The 25-year-old will be playing in his first ATP Tour final since winning the European Open in Antwerp in 2018.

"This is great to be back in a final, playing the matches you want to be playing," he told the official ATP Tour website. "I obviously want to go all the way, but I'm enjoying my tennis. I've kept improving and learning with each match."

He will take on Seppi in Sunday's final after the Italian ended Jason Jung's dream run with a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

Chinese Taipei qualifier Jung beat the likes of former US Open finalist Kevin Anderson, seventh seed Cameron Norrie and third seed Reilly Opelka en route to the semi-final, but Seppi broke three times in the first set and twice in the second to earn the win.

"When you're in the semi-finals or final, of course you want to win the title. Tomorrow is another chance and I'll just try my best," Seppi said.

"[Jung] is coming through the qualifying and had some great wins. He has a really solid game and it was my best match of the week. I played really well from the beginning to the end, very solid, no mistakes."

Bertens sets up Rybakina final clash in St Petersburg

Second seed Kiki Bertens clinched a third consecutive win over a Russian opponent to book her place in the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy final.

The world number eight followed up her victories over Veronika Kudermetova and Anastasia Potapova to beat Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-1 4-6 6-1 in her semi-final.

The one-hour-and-41-minute victory booked a date with eighth seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan in Sunday's final.

Rybakina, 20, went through to the first premier-level final of her career by coming from behind to beat Maria Sakkari 3-6 7-5 6-1.

At the GSB Thailand Open in Hua Hin, 19-year-old qualifier Leonie Kung continued her fine run to reach the final with a 7-5 4-6 6-3 victory over sixth seed Nao Hibino.

The Swiss will play fifth seed Magda Linette, who battled through two tough sets to beat Patricia Maria Tig 7-5 6-4.

Monfils to defend Rotterdam title against Auger-Aliassime

Gael Monfils will defend his title against teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime in the final of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Frenchman Monfils, the world number nine, beat Filip Krajinovic of Croatia 6-4 7-6 (5) in one hour 45 minutes in his semi-final.

It will be the first time he has faced 19-year-old Auger-Aliassime, who overcame Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 (2) 6-4 to reach his second ATP 500 final.

Auger-Aliassime took the first set on a tie-break 7-2 and claimed the crucial break in the third game of the second set.

In New York, Sunday's New York Open final will be between Great Britain's Kyle Edmund and Italy's Andreas Seppi.

Edmund qualified with a straight-sets win over Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, while Seppi disposed of Chinese Taipei's Jason Jung 6-3 6-2 in his semi-final.

Meanwhile the Argentina Open ended in disaster for Diego Schwartzman after injury forced the Argentinian favourite to abandon his semi-final match against Portugal's Pedro Sousa.

Sousa will take on Norway's Casper Ruud in the final on Sunday.

Kyle Edmund rallies from behind to beat Kwon Soon-woo in New York

British number three Kyle Edmund edged into the semi-finals of the New York Open after clinching a deciding tie-breaker against Kwon Soon-woo.

Edmund was broken three times by the world number 84 after taking an early 2-0 lead to surrender the first set 6-3.

But Edmund rallied and broke his opponent's serve twice on his way to levelling the match as he took the second set 6-2 and, after the third went with serve, Edmund converted his first match point to wrap up a 3-6 6-2 7-6 (5) win.

Sixth seed Miomir Kecmanovic also had to come from behind to beat France's Ugo Humbert 3-6 6-2 6-4.

Jason Jung upset third seed Reilly Opelka 5-7 6-4 6-4 and will next meet Andreas Seppi, who beat Jordan Thompson 6-7 6-4 6-1 in their quarter-final.

British number one Dan Evans bowed out of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament at the quarter-final stage after going down in straight sets to Gael Monfils.

Evans served for the first set at 5-4 but lost it to love and was then beaten in the tie-break before the Frenchman broke Evans twice to take a 4-0 lead in the second set and served out for a 7-6 (5) 6-2 win.

Serbian Filip Krajinovic will meet Monfils after beating Russia's Andry Rublev 7-6 (2) 6-4, Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime advanced into the semi-finals with a 6-4 7-6 (6) win over Aljaz Bedene and Pablo Carreno Busta overcame wild card Jannik Sinner 7-5 3-6 7-6 (6) in a tight affair.

Top seed Diego Schwartzman overcame injury and some early stumbles to beat Pablo Cuevas 5-7 7-6 (11) 7-5 and progress to the semi-finals of the Argentina Open.

The Argentinian saved four match points in a second-set tie-breaker before pulling up with a groin injury which required medical treatment.

The 27-year-old claimed the quarter-final win on his third match point when his Uruguayan opponent double-faulted to end the three-hour-and-40-minute battle.

The world number 14 is scheduled to face Pedro Sousa, who defeated Thiago Monteiro 7-6 (5) 6-4 on Friday night, in the semi-finals on Saturday as he bids to lift his first trophy at home.

Earlier, second seed Guido Pella suffered a 6-4 7-6 (4) defeat to Juan Ignacio Londero and Casper Ruud joined him in the last four with a 7-5 6-1 victory over Dusan Lajovic.

Ferrer: Nadal better under pressure than Djokovic and Federer

David Ferrer says Rafael Nadal 'means a lot to tennis' and the reason he wins so much is that no one is better in the big moments.

Nadal is the reigning French Open and US Open champion and became the oldest ever year-end world number one last season too.

Another win at Roland Garros, which would be his 13th crown there, would see him draw level with Roger Federer at the top of the all-time Grand Slam titles list.

And Ferrer, who saw him at close quarters during his career, has no doubts about just what makes his compatriot so special.

"He means a lot to tennis," Ferrer told Sport360. "He has a different mind to any sportsman that I've seen in my life. In important moments, he holds the pressure better than other players.

"He impresses me every year. I watch him on TV or play against him and he is always improving his game – his serve, his volley and the passion he plays with at 33.

"It's amazing. It's good for me because I'm close to him and I can learn in my personal life."

Ivanisevic claims Djokovic is the best ever

Goran Ivanisev is predicting a stellar year for Novak Djokovic, but added he wouldn't even need it as he's already the best player in history.

Ivanisevic is a coach, close friend, and mentor of Djokovic, and he is adamant that the world number one has absolutely nothing left to prove.

However, he is currently third behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam title count, with Federer also above him in total weeks spent on top of the rankings.

None of that matters, though, says Ivanisevic, who believes it's just a matter of time before Djokovic holds those records too.

"I repeat, for me he is already the best tennis player in history," Ivanisevic told SK.

"When he is present, ready and healthy, there is no one better.

"What will be looked at at the end of their careers will be decided by people, but I think Novak will be the best in all relevant categories."

"I do not believe Novak will play for another five years, although he has a very good five years," he added.

"He will most likely top the Federer record for most weeks at No. 1 after the US Open and the record for most Grand Slams next year.

"He can even do that this year, for which he would have to win all three remaining Slams.

"But if he wins all three, then he has again done something that only Rod Laver has managed."

Sandgren: Federer cost me a place at the Olympics

Tennys Sandgren says that Roger Federer has cost him a spot at the Olympics this season after their remarkable Australian Open clash.

Sandgren looked on the verge of registering a huge win over Federer, who was injured, but proceeded to waste seven match-point before the Swiss roared back and won it.

A win would have put Sandgren in the semi-finals and the extra ranking points would have pushed him into serious contention for the US Olympic team.

The fact Federer was able to hold him off is still clearly frustrating Sandgren, but it's also re-energised his determination to improve even further.

"I've got a big enough game and I can do some things that can frustrate guys that are at that top level.

"If I won against Roger Federer, I would probably be at the Olympics right now.

"Now, I have to win some more matches and we'll see where the chips fall."

The Olympics are not the only target for the season for Sandgren, who believes he could be on the verge of a genuine breakthrough.

"I would love to try to end the year in the top-20 or even top-10," he added.

"I feel like that's within reach if I keep getting better, keep striving in the right direction.

"Tennis is a tough sport; you try to peak at the right times, try to do your best in these weeks and grind, put your best foot forward.

"I feel like I'm playing well, doing some good things on the court and getting better as a player.

When I'm playing my best tennis, I feel like I'm competing with the best players.

"However, there are some things I still need to work on – probably to improve the mental aspect and not get so frustrated; I have to play focused and be positive, things like that."

Svitolina cruises in to Thai Open quarter-finals

Elina Svitolina cruised past qualifier Storm Sanders at the Thailand Open, thumping her 6-1, 6-2 to breeze in to the quarter-finals.

It took the top seed, in her first night match at the tournament, just 57 minutes to progress and she will face the eighth seed Nao Hibino for a place in the last four.

“You have to adjust because it’s very dark when you toss the ball,” Svitolina told wtatennis.com: .

“That’s pretty much the difference – but in the end I’m happy to play later because it’s cooler.”

Magda Linette joined the Ukrainian in the quarter-finals, beating Peng Shuai 7-5 6-1.

In the other last-16 matches, Patricia Tig eased past You Xiaodi and Wang Xiyu defeated Barbara Haas, both winning in straight sets.

Meanwhile, second seed Kiki Bertens did not need long to beat Veronika Kudermetova 6-1 6-2 and reach the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy quarter-finals.

It was a lot harder for third seed Petra Kvitova, who needed over two hours before she got the better of Alison Van Uytvanck in three sets.

After the Czech’s 7-6 (1) 1-6 6-2 victory, she said: “It was a tough one. I’ve never played Alison before.

“She’d already played one match on the surface and for me it was the first one, so that’s always a bit challenging.”

Maria Sakkari, the sixth seed at the event, triumphed against Alize Cornet 6-2 6-4, but seventh seed Donna Vekic was beaten 6-1 7-5 by Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Mixed day for Brits at New York Open

Kyle Edmund advanced to the quarter-finals of the New York Open but Cam Norrie crashed out on Thursday in a mixed day for the Brits at the tournament.

British number three Edmund continued his promising week defeating Germany’s Dominik Koepfer to reach the quarter-finals.

A 6-2 6-4 win, in one hour and 33 minutes, backed up a hard-fought triumph over Yasutaka Uchiyama in the first round.

Edmund struggled with his first serve at times but enjoyed success on three of eight break points while he defended several on his own serve against Koepfer.

It was a break from a forehand winner which saw the world number 62 clinch the match and prevent a potential tiebreaker.

Edmund, who is the eighth seed at the tournament, will now face Milos Raonic’s conqueror Kwon Soon-woo for a place in the last four.

Meanwhile, Norrie was knocked out in the second round after a straight sets defeat to Jason Jung.

Norrie was hoping to join Edmund in the quarter-finals, but lost 6-4 6-4 to his Taiwan opponent in one hour and 18 minutes.

Norrie had beaten American Brian Shi in the first round on Wednesday and was the seventh seed at the tournament.

But he struggled against Jung’s serve, forcing just a single break point throughout the second round tie.

Murray hints at several month long break

Andy Murray is on the sidelines once again, with a report indicating he may only return for the grass court season.

After a triumphant return to the ATP Tour during the latter half of the 2019 season saw him win the European Open, Murray has struggled with injury since his success in Antwerp in October.

The three-time Grand Slam winner played in Great Britain’s Davis Cup opener in November last year, but missed the remainder of the tournament with a groin injury.

After initially announcing he would play in the Australian Open, Murray was then forced to withdraw from the season-opening Grand Slam as well as events in Montpellier and Rotterdam as his hip once again gave him problems.

“The bone bruising is taking longer to heal than first thought,” he said.

There had been talk that he could make his latest comeback at the Miami Open hard-court event, but he won’t get a direct entry as his world ranking is 128 while organisers have made no mention of the fact that he is set to be given a wildcard.

The ATP Tour will switch to clay after Miami, but it appears Murray will also skip the red dirt season with Sportsmail reporting that he is “getting himself right for the grass courts in June is [sic] now a more realistic target”.

Should he focus on the grass-court season, then he is likely to drop to the ATP Challenger Tour before the ATP Tour events at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Queen’s, Eastbourne and Wimbledon.

Pospisil sends Medvedev packing in Rotterdam

Vasek Pospisil knocked out top seed Daniil Medevedev in straight sets in the opening round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

Coming into the match on the back of a fine run at the Open Sud de France that saw him finish runner-up to Gael Monfils, Pospisil continued his good form as he stunned the top seed with a 6-4, 6-3 victory in one hour and seven minutes.

After a break each way early in the first set, Pospisil was up against it at 4-4 as he was 0-40 down, but he dug himself out of trouble and claimed the decisive break in game 10 while a single break in game four of the second set earned him the win.

“It doesn’t happen every day that you can beat a player of Daniil’s calibre,” he is quoted as saying by ATPTour.com. “You always believe in yourself and you know you can do it, especially if you have done it in the past, which I have.

“I came in with a pretty precise game plan. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, but execution is another thing. I was also the big underdog, so I was a bit relaxed and confident, which is a good combo to have when you are going into a match.”

The Canadian will take on Filip Krajinovic from Serbia next after the world No 104 beat Dutch wildcard Tallon Griekspoor 6-4, 6-1.

Teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime also advanced as he produced another mature display to dispatch Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2, breaking twice in each set.

“It was for sure the best match I’ve played so far this year. It was so complete from start to finish,” Auger-Aliassime, who will face either second seed Stefanos Tsistipas or Aljaz Bedene from Slovenia next. “It was an almost perfect match. To dictate most of the points, serve well and return well, I’m very happy.”

Meanwhile, Dan Evans beat another big-name player as he upset world No 17 Karen Khachanov in three sets.

Khachanov had beaten fifth seed Fabio Fognini in the opening round, but Evans got the better of the Russian as he secured a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win.

Up next for the British No 1 is either defending champion Monfils or Giles Simon.

Monfils on song at Rotterdam title defence

Gael Monfils began the defence of his Rotterdam Open title with a convincing straight-sets victory over Portugal's Joao Sousa.

The 33-year-old Frenchman, who is looking to become the first player since Robin Soderling in 2011 to win the event back-to-back, eased into the last 16 with a 6-3 6-2 success in just 70 minutes.

"It is never easy to come back after a win but I have great memories from last year," Monfils told atptour.com. "It is never easy to adapt to new conditions, so I was very pleased with my performance.

"Moving well was the key for me and I am very happy to get through to the next round."

Monfils will next play compatriot Giles Simon, who beat Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6 (3) 3-6 6-3.

"It is tough. Gilles knows me quite well," said Monfils. "He is a very tricky player. It is tough to play against him. He is one of my best friends on the Tour. It is always a big challenge for me to beat him."

Dan Evans is through to the quarter-finals after a 4-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Karen Khachanov.

The British number one battled back from a set down to defeat the world number 17 and will face the winner of the Monfils-Simon clash.

In an all-Spanish showdown, Pablo Carreno Busta beat sixth seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 2-6 7-6 (4). Carreno Busta fired 11 aces and saved seven break points to advance at his higher-ranked opponent's expense.

David Goffin saved two break points in the deciding set as he beat home favourite Robin Haase 3-6 7-6 (5) 6-4. The Belgian will face Jannik Sinner for a place in the quarter-finals after Sinner's opponent Radu Albot withdrew due to illness.

Vasek Pospisil continued his fine run of form to knock out top seed Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-3 and will play Filip Krajinovic after he defeated Dutch wild card Tallon Griekspoor 6-4 6-1.

Felix Auger-Aliassime won in straight sets against Grigor Dimitrov to reach the semi-finals. The 19-year-old Canadian progressed 6-4 6-2 in 78 minutes and will play either second-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas or Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in the next round.

Svitolina books Thailand Open second round place

Elina Svitolina eased into the second round of the Thailand Open by beating Bibiane Schoos 6-2 6-4.

The top seed from Ukraine was making her first appearance in Hua Hin and needed just 79 minutes to beat the Dutch number four.

The 2018 WTA Finals champion will next face Australian qualifier Storm Sanders.

"I haven't played against her before, but I've seen her play before. She is left-handed. I have to be ready for a different spin. But in the end I have to focus on what I have to play on course," Svitolina told wtatennis.com.

Fifth seed Magda Linette is through after celebrating her 28th birthday with a 6-2 6-2 win against Kateryna Bondarenko.

Wang Qiang delivered a solid serving display to battle past Katarzyna Kawa. The number three seed progressed with a 6-3 6-4 victory in one hour and 30 minutes.

Wang will face 19-year-old qualifier Leonie Kung in the quarter-finals after the 2018 Wimbledon girls' finalist stunned seventh seed Zhu Lin 6-3 6-1.

Fourth-seeded Zheng Saisai beat Liang En-shuo 6-4 6-3 while Nao Hibino routed Peangtarn Plipuech 6-0 6-1.

Johanna Konta's search for a first victory since the US Open goes on after she was beaten by 159th-ranked Oceane Dodin in the second round of the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy.

The British number one, ranked 14, has now lost all three matches she has contested in 2020 having gone out in the opening round of the Brisbane International and the Australian Open.

A run of five successive games lost at the end of the first set and start of the second proved decisive, with Konta unable to take two chances to break back in the final game as big-hitting French qualifier Dodin advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-4 win.

Top seed and 2016 finalist Belinda Bencic defeated hometown player Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 (4) 6-4 and she will next face the winner of Thursday's second-round clash between sixth seed Maria Sakkari of Greece and French qualifier Alize Cornet.

Elena Rybakina defeated Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 19 minutes.

Fed Cup Finals draw announced

Defending champions France will face hosts Hungary and Russia in Group A of the Fed Cup Finals set to be held in Budapest.

Julien Benneteau’s France squad won their third Fed Cup title last year when they beat Australia 3-2 away in Perth.

The winners of Group A will face the winners of Group C in the semi-finals.

Eighteen-times Fed Cup winners the United States are the strong favourites to advance from that group, which also contains Slovakia and Spain.

Last year’s runners-up Australia will take on Belgium and Belarus in Group B and the winners from that pool will face one of the Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland in the last four.

The revamped $18 million Fed Cup Finals will be held from April 14-19.

The players competing at the week-long event will split $12 million with the other $6 million going to their federations.

“Women’s tennis has always been the leader in women’s sport,” tennis great Billie Jean King said.

“This sends a very strong message. I’m very excited and really want to thank Hungary and everyone involved. This is an amazing opportunity.”

Group A
France, Hungary, Russia

Group B
Australia, Belgium, Belarus

Group C
United States, Slovakia, Spain

Group D
Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland

Tsitsipas describes painful loss to Nadal

Stefanos Tsitsipas has vowed to come back stronger against the big guns following his disappointing loss to Rafael Nadal at the 2019 Australian Open final.

The Greek enjoyed a magical run at the season-opening Grand Slam last year as he reached the last four of a major for the first time, beating then defending champion Roger Federer en route to the semis.

However, he was humbled by Nadal as he suffered a 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 defeat.

Despite the big setback, Tsitsipas says it pushed him to improve further.

“Tough losses are important for my career as they make me want to come back stronger, and without them I feel like I’m perfect: which I’m not,” he told ATPTour.com.

“They are crucial for everyone. That semi-final loss was painful, even though it was in three sets.

“I came so close to reaching a Grand Slam final, something I have always dreamed of doing. I also didn’t deliver much in that match, he played well.

“It was a shame, as I’d played well in the two weeks. I went back to the court two days [later] and started to improve.”

The 21-year-old competed in 28 tournaments in 2019, but after the early-season highs his form started to dip during the grass-court campaign and in the lead-up to the US Open before it picked up again during the final few weeks of the year.

This campaign he hopes to reduce his schedule as he doesn’t want to make the same mistakes.

“Burnout is a mixture of a lot of things – stress before and after the match, and trying to reach your goals,” he said.

“It’s mostly mental, rather than physical, but it’s about just having a good balance on and off the court. Not so much seeing tennis as a job, more as a game.

“I feel like I took it too seriously at times, I expected too much, demanded too much. The more matches you have, with that mindset, the closer you are to burnout.

“I feel like I need to loosen up sometimes and enjoy the game. I also think I can’t play at 100 per cent every single point.

“I had a pretty spectacular year [in 2019] and the toughest thing will be doing the same this year, through different formulas. I don’t want to duplicate, but I want to do better. I am always aiming for more.”

Andreescu withdraw from Dubai

US Open champion Bianca Andreescu has withdrawn from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships as her knee has not fully recovered.

The Canadian has not played a competitive match since she won the final major of the year at Flushing Meadows in September 2019.

She had high hopes of returning at the start of the year for the Australian Open, but pulled out and then pencilled in the Fed Cup over the weekend as a possible return date.

However, she didn’t feature for Canada in the team competition and has now also pulled out of next week’s WTA Premier event in the Middle East.

“I’m very sad to announce that I won’t be able to compete in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships next week,” she said. “I’m not at 100 per cent yet and following my team and doctor’s recommendation, I don’t want to take any risk to re-injure my knee.

“Each day I get closer to being back to the court competing but Dubai is just too soon. I hope I can come and play in Dubai next year.”

Farah poised for ATP Tour return

Robert Farah has been given the green light to return to the ATP Tour after seeing his ban for testing positive for a banned substance overturned.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced in January that the reigning Wimbledon and US Open doubles champion had been suspended after he tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone during an out-of-competition test in October 2019.

However, Farah protested his innocence and said on a Twitter post: "As stated by the Colombian Olympic Committee in 2018, this substance is found frequently in Colombian meat and may affect athletes' test results."

The ITF accepted Farah's defence that the meat he ate in Colombia was contaminated, saying the 33-year-old "bears no fault or negligence for the violation".

Farah thanked his family, fans, and sponsors in a statement on Twitter.

The decision, though, is still subject to appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Djokovic confirms Monte-Carle Masters participation

World No 1 Novak Djokovic has added the Monte-Carle Masters to his 2020 clay-court schedule, with the news confirmed on his official website.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner had previously announced he would compete in the Madrid Open and Italian Open as part of his Roland Garros preparation.

Djokovic is the defending champion in the Spanish capital after he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece in the 2019 final while he finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal in Rome last year.

He has now added a third clay-court tournament ahead of the French Open as he will also compete in the Monte-Carlo Masters, an event that he won in 2013 and 2014, with the news confirmed on his official website.

Djokovic exited the ATP Masters 1000 tournament at the quarter-final stage last year as he lost in three sets against Daniil Medvedev from Russia.

This year's Monte-Carlo Masters runs from April 13-17 in the Principality.

Dimitrov defeats Shapovalov in Rotterdam

Grigor Dimitrov came out on top against Denis Shapovalov in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Championships, while Dan Evans saw off Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Having lost in the second round of the Australian Open and first round of the Open Sud de France, Dimitrov is eyeing an extended run in Rotterdam.

And he got off to the best possible start with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) win over Shapovalov.

"Denis is a quality player," he told ATPTour.com. "Indoors, he is very dangerous with his serve. A lefty. Very uncomfortable, but, in fact, I like to play against lefties a lot. I was trying to use every little opportunity that I had to make sure I seized those moments."

He added: "There was not a lot of rhythm. There were not too many rallies, but I was able to stay in control. I was calm in the important moments and came to the net when I had to, so, overall, the things that I had to do right I did very well."

Up next for the Bulgarian is either Felix Auger-Aliassime or Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round.

British No 1 Dan Evans produced a solid serving display as he beat German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-5.

The 29-year-old, who will take on either fifth seed Fabio Fognini or Karen Khachanov in the second round, served eight aces and won 28 out of 33 points on his first serve.

"I served really well," said Evans. "The court was quicker than I thought it was going to be but it suits my game and I am happy to go through."

Sixth seed Roberto Bautista Agut overcame a poor start as he came from a set down to beat Marton Fucsovics 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1. Next up is Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4.

Medvedev: 'I lost two really strong matches'

Daniil Medvedev is looking to the positives after failing to make it past the second round of the Australian Open.

After the highs of 2019 saw him reach six consecutive finals, including the US Open final, Medvedev helped Russia to reach the semi-finals of the ATP Cup at the start of this campaign.

Many tipped him to break the Big Three's Grand Slam dominance at Melbourne Park, but the Russian lost in the second round as he went down in five sets to Stan Wawrinka.

Asked about his year so far, he told TennisTV: "I think I have played some good tennis.

"I lost two really strong matches I would say, and of course I always want to win and always show better results, but I am just trying to do my thing, stay in there and spend hours on the practice court.

"Try to show the best I can in the tournament and during match, of course, I want something better all the time, but if we talk about my tennis and the wins I had, they were quite good."

Medvedev, who will return to action at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Championships this week, he admits it is sometimes hard to stay motivated, especially when it comes to training days.

"To be honest there are a lot of days like this, really a lot," he said.

"It's our job, it's not for fun, it's our job and for me, the best motivation that has always pushed me, no matter what ranking I had, was to [be] better, I wanted to win more tournaments whether it was ATP Challengers before and now ATPs, Grand Slams.

"If I allow myself some days to text my coach and say, 'I don't want to practice today, can we practice tomorrow?' I can do that, tennis is an individual sport, but I just know that it's not going to make a good impact on my results and that's what I'm here for and that's why I push myself."