American eighth-seeded Tommy Paul shook off a tight first-set loss to beat Swedish wildcard Leo Borg 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 in the first round on Tuesday at the Stockholm Open.
Paul, ranked No. 31 in the world, fell behind early to Borg, ranked No. 577. But he took care of business, winning 26 of 38 total points in the third set to complete the comeback.
Bulgarian sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov was less fortunate, as Czech opponent Jiri Lehecka upset him 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (5).
Stricker saved all four break points he faced and had a 5-2 edge in the ace to dispatch van de Zandschulp.
No. 6 seed Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina and No. 8 seed Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan needed three sets to overcome their first-round opponents. Cerundolo rallied to beat Marc-Andrea Huesler of Switzerland 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-3, and Nishioka outlasted French qualifier Luca Van Assche 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (1 ).
David Goffin narrowly edged out wild card Gilles Arnaud Bailly 7-6 (7), 5-7, 6-4 in an all-Belgian battle that lasted 3 hours, 12 minutes. Constant Lestienne of France and Jaume Munar of Spain also advanced.
Tennis Naples Cup
Two seeded players bowed out on the first day of the main draw in Naples, Italy.
Portugal’s Nuno Borges toppled the no. 7 seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 7-5, 7-6 (5), and Pedro Cachin of Argentina upset no. 8 seed Adrian Mannarino from France 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
Fifth seed Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia was saved from the upset bug. He beat Italian wild card Flavio Cobolli 6-1, 6-2.
Japan’s Taro Daniel and Colombia’s Daniel Elahi Galan also opened the tournament with wins.
–Field Level Media