Citi Open: Karatsev sends Kiwi packing, reaches second round

Aslan Karatsev beat Kiranpal Pannu 7-6 (3), 6-1 on Monday evening. He’ll face second seed Frances Tiafoe in the next round

Aslan Karatsev Citi Open 2023 (Laurent Layris / Panoramic)
Mubadala Citi DC Open •Second round • completed
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Russian Aslan Karatsev defeated New Zealander qualifier Kiranpal Pannu 7-6 (3), 6-1 to reach the second round of the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center in Washington on Monday evening.

Pannu, who is without a main draw win this year, defeated Americans Denis Kudla and Bruno Kuzuhara in qualifying. Aslan Karatsev proved to be a bridge to far, however, as the world No 717 folded in the second set.

Karatsev, ranked No 75, will face second seed Frances Tiafoe next.

Washington ATP500, other first-round results (Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, hard, USD 2.013.940, most recent results first):

  • Kevin Anderson vs. Jordan Thompson
  • Lloyd Harris vs. Kei Nishikori
  • Aleksandar Vukic vs. Brandon Nakashima
  • Zachary Svajda vs. Max Purcell
  • Taro Daniel vs. Thanasi Kokkinakis
  • Gael Monfils vs. Bjorn Fratangelo
  • Shintaro Mochizuki vs. Gregoire Barrere
  • Mackenzie McDonald vs. Diego Schwartzman
  • Corentin Moutet vs. Liam Broady
  • Marcos Giron vs. Radu Albot
  • Michael Mmoh beat Bradley Klahn (Q): 6-3, 6-3
  • Yosuke Watanuki beat Yibing Wu: 1-4 ret.
  • Alexander Shevchenko beat Maxime Cressy: 6-3, 7-6 (8)
  • Juncheng Shang (Q) beat Emilio Gomez: 6-3, 6-3
  • Emil Ruusuvuori beat Constant Lestienne: 6-4, 6-4

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