Dolgopolov out of Paris Masters, Verdasco retires due to injury

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Sam Querrey, Igor Sijsling and Michael Llodra move into the second round of ATP Paris Masters. Verdasco and Stepanek retired due to injuries.

Last week’s Valencia runner-up Alexandr Dolgopolov suffered a defeat in the first round of Paris Masters against Dutchman Sijsling, who successfully held all of his service games. Sijsling took advantage of the single break point opportunity in the opener and confirmed the break for a 4-2 lead. He generated a triple set point in the last game of the set and went one nil up by converting the second one. An even more convincing display from the World no. 73 in the following set which he opened with a break to love. He consolidated it after fending off four re-break points and added another one to his tally some games later. This year’s Washington champion Dolgopolov saved three match points on his serve at 5-1, but Sijsling threw him out of Paris with a hold to love next. The final scoreline: 6-4, 6-2.

US player Querrey dominated the first set against Fernando Verdasco. The Spaniard avoided a bagel by defending a couple of break points at 5-0 for his opponent, but had no chance to get back into the set. Ultimately, he withdrew from the match early in the second set with a neck injury. The result: 6-1, 1-1 ret.

121st-ranked Frenchman Llodra took out Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain in straight sets: 7-5, 6-3. The Spaniard jumped in as a replacement for Radek Stepanek who cancelled his first round match because of left knee injury.

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