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Stuttgart Open: Kyrgios returns after two months to reach second round

After skipping the entire European clay court season, Nick Kyrgios scored a straight sets win in the first round of the ATP Stuttgart Open

Nick Kyrgios, Wimbledon 2021 AI / Reuters / Panoramic

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios advanced to the second round of the Stuttgart Open by beating Czech Jiri Lehecka 7-6 [3], 6-3 at Tennis Club Weissenhof on Tuesday afternoon.

Kyrgios, ranked No 78 in the world, was playing his first tournament since Houston in early April after he decided to skip the entire European clay court stretch.

Kyrgios will take on either fifth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili, of Georgia, or Italian youngster Lorenzo Musetti in the second round.

Stuttgart ATP 250, other first-round results (Tennis Club Weissenhof, grass, EUR 769.645)

  • Arthur Rinderknech beat Ugo Humbert (8): 4-6, 7-6 [4], 6-4
  • Dominic Stricker beat Maxime Cressy: 6-7 [2], 7-6 [5], 7-6 [2]
  • Marton Fucsovics beat Jurij Rodionov: 6-7 [5], 6-3, 6-4
  • Lorenzo Sonego (6) beat Benoit Paire: 7-5, 6-2
  • Radu Albot (Q) beat Jo├úo Sousa: 6-2, 7-6 [7]
  • Jan-Lennard Struff (WC) beat Marcos Giron: 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 [8]
  • Oscar Otte beat Daniel Altmaier: 7-6 [2], 7-6 [4]
  • Benjamin Bonzi beat Feliciano L├│pez (WC): 6-4, 6-1
  • Andy Murray beat Christopher O’Connell (Q): 6-4, 6-3
  • Denis Kudla vs. Alexander Bublik
  • Lorenzo Musetti vs. Nikoloz Basilashvili
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