Rainy start in Rome. Stan Wawrinka wins

PAP / EPA / Ettore Ferrari / Pictured: Stan Wawrinka

Marcin Motyka

Stan Wawrinka defeated Ilya Ivashko without dropping a set in the first round of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament played on clay in Rome. The first matches on Wednesday took place in unfavorable weather and in the rain.

At the start of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Rome, the rain was the main actor. The opening match on center court, between Stan Wawrinka and Ilya Ivashka, was delayed an hour and a half due to rain and played in bad weather. The experienced Swiss coped better in such conditions, winning 6:4, 6:2.

“I was well prepared and I played well. I’m happy to have passed the first round – said the 38-year-old from Lausanne, quoted by atptour.com. Wawrinka’s next rival, Internazionali BNL finalist from Italia 2008, will be Grigor Dimitrov, from the “26” tournament.

Novak Djokovic, who came to Rome despite elbow problems and was the number one seed, will face Tomas Martin Etcheverry in his inaugural match. The Argentine served seven aces on Wednesday, earned five breaks to defeat Luka van Assche 7-6(7), 6-3.

Another Argentinian, Sebastian Baez, also qualified for the second round. The 22-year-old from Buenos Aires beat Juan Pablo Varillas in two hours and will now face No.29 Tallon Griekspoor.

The Serbs succeeded with varying fortunes. Laslo Djere knocked out Constant Lestienne, who scratched after the first set, and will face 23rd seed Botik van de Zandschulp in the second round. In turn, Filip Krajinovic lost to Marton Fucsovics. The Hungarian’s next opponent will be Alex de Minaur, marked ’17’.

Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome (Italy)
ATP Masters 1000, clay, €7.705 million prize pool
Wednesday May 10

1st singles round:

Tomas Martin Etcheverry (Argentina) – Luca van Assche (France) 7-6(7), 6-3
Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) – Ilya Ivashka 6-2, 6-4
Marton Fucsovics (Hungary) – Filip Krajinovic (Serbia) 6-4, 6-2
Sebastian Baez (Argentina) – Juan Pablo Varillas (Peru) 7-5, 6-3
Laslo Djere (Serbia) – Constant Lestienne (France) 6-1 and fall

free prizes: Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 1); Carlos Alcaraz (Spain, 2); Daniel Medvedev (3); Casper Ruud (Norway, 4); Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece, 5); Andrei Rublev (6); Holger Rune (Denmark, 7); Jannik Sinner (Italy, 8); Taylor Fritz (USA, 9); Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada, 10); Karen Khachanov (11); Frances Tiafoe (USA, 12); Cameron Norrie (UK, 13); Hubert Hurkacz (Poland, 14); Borna Coric (Croatia, 15); Tommy Paul (USA, 16); Alex de Minaur (Australia, 17); Lorenzo Musetti (Italy, 18); Alexander Zverev (Germany, 19); Daniel Evans (UK, 20); Roberto Bautista (Spain, 21); Sebastian Korda (USA, 22); Botic van de Zandschulp (Netherlands, 23); Francisco Cerundolo (Argentina, 24); Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan, 25); Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria, 26); Alejandro Davidovitch Fokina (Spain, 27); Ben Shelton (USA, 28); Tallon Griekspoor (Netherlands, 29); Miomir Kecmanovic (Serbia, 30); Bernabé Zapata Miralles (Spain, 31); Jiri Lehecka (Czech Republic, 32)

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