The seeds in action cruised in Tuesday play at the Shenzhen Open in China as No. 6 Benoit Paire ground out a 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3 win over Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, and No. 8 Jiri Vesely topped Spain’s Pablo Andujar 6-2, 7-6(8).
In other results Mikhail Kukushkin beat Lukas Rosol 7-6 in the fifth, American qualifier Ryan Harrison surprised Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in straights, and Thomaz Bellucci and injury-comeback player Janko Tipsarevic were straight-set winners into the second round.
On Wednesday Paire will meet Tipsarevic, and No. 2 seed David Goffin, No. 3 seed Richard Gasquet, No. 5 seed and St. Petersburg winner Alexander Zverev, and No. 7 Fabio Fognini will be in action.
At the Chengdu Open in China, unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov logged the lone upset of the day, taking out No. 7 Joao Sousa of Portugal 7-6(3), 63.
The 20-year-old landed seven aces.
“It’s a very good match for me,” said Khachanov. “I’m very happy with my performance. I like the court, I like the crowd, so I was enjoying playing the match.”
In other seeded play No. 8 Paolo Lorenzi worked past Aussie John Millman 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
Unseeded Kevin Anderson, making a comeback from injury, booked a meeting with No. 2 seed Nick Kyrgios after beating Australian Jordan Thompson 6-2, 6-4.
Three matches were suspended due to rain.
Khachanov on Wednesday will meet unseeded Adrian Mannarino, with other highlights including No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov vs. Dusan Lajovic, and No. 4 Feliciano Lopez vs. Juan Monaco.
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