Russian wins opening main draw singles match in San Diego Open


NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 02: Aslan Karatsev of Russia returns Jordan Thompson of Australia during his Men’s Singles second round match on Day Four of the 2021 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 02, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Russian Aslan Karatsev defeated Federico Delbonis of Argentina, 6-1, 7-5, Monday in the first main draw singles match of the $661,800 San Diego Open men’s tennis tournament.

Two more singles matches are set for Monday. American Brandon Nakashima will face Fabio Fognini of Italy in a match beginning after 5:30 p.m., followed by Taylor Fritz, who was raised in Rancho Santa Fe, taking on Italian qualifier Salvatore Caruso.

The match will be Fritz’s first since a 6-7 (7), 7-6 (10), 7-5, 6-2 loss to fellow American Jenson Brooksby in a second-round match of the U.S. Open Sept. 2.

Caruso is ranked 128th. The 28-year-old advanced to the main draw with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7) victory over August Holmgren of Denmark in a qualifying match Sunday.

Play began with the top-seeded British doubles team of Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski defeating Ariel Behar of Uruguay and Gonzalo Escobar of Ecuador, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 10-5.

Russian Andrey Rublev is the top seed in the 28-player singles draw. The top four seeded players received first-round byes.

The field also includes Andy Murray of Great Britain, the world’s top-ranked men’s player from Nov. 7, 2016-Aug. 20, 2017 and the 2013 and 2016 Wimbledon and 2012 U.S. Open men’s singles champion.

Monday’s singles winners are guaranteed at least $10,595 while the losers will receive $6,195.

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