Sport Djokovic, Thiem prevail in Vienna
Australian Open chief wants quarantine relaxed for players
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Open chief executive Craig Tiley wants international tennis players arriving for the first Grand Slam tournament of 2021 to be exempt from the 14-day strict hotel quarantines that are mandatory now for inbound travelers. Tiley on Thursday said he remains “absolutely” confident the Australian Open will go ahead as planned at Melbourne Park from Jan. 18-31, along with lead-up events including the men's ATPTiley on Thursday said he remains “absolutely” confident the Australian Open will go ahead as planned at Melbourne Park from Jan. 18-31, along with lead-up events including the men's ATP Cup and tournaments in Brisbane, Sydney and Hobart.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic recorded eight aces while defeating fellow Serbian Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (6), 6-3 in the opening round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Austria.
Djokovic delivered 39 winners in his first appearance at the event since winning the title in 2007. Home-country favorite Dominic Thiem, the second seed, also prevailed in straight sets, posting a 6-4, 7-5 triumph over Vitaliy Sachko of Ukraine.
In other matches, Chile's Cristian Garin defeated Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-7 (9), 6-3, and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov notched a 7-6 (6), 6-3 victory over Russian Karen Khachanov. Poland's Hubert Hurkacz, Great Britain's Daniel Evans and Italy's Lorenzo Sonego also advanced.
ATP roundup: de Minaur rallies to advance in Antwerp
ATP roundup: de Minaur rallies to advance in Antwerpde Minaur won 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in two hours, 18 minutes. Gasquet was serving for the match, 5-4, in the second set but couldn't put away de Minaur.
The Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely fired nine aces while stunning fifth-seeded American Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 7-6 (7) in a first-round match at Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
Sandgren had 13 aces and converted 36 of 43 first-service points in defeat. Vesely next plays Egor Gerasimov after the Belarusian outlasted South Africa's Lloyd Harris 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (3).
In other matches, Italian qualifier Andreas Seppi defeated Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev 6-3, 1-6, 6-3; Japan's Yuichi Sugita knocked off Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 in a battle of qualifiers; and Finland qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori was a 6-2, 6-0 winner over Kazakhstan wild-card entrant Timofey Skatov.
--Field Level Media
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