Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie came through in straight sets at the Monte-Carlo Masters 2019 to reach the third round of the competition.
Norrie defeated Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics 7-6, 6-3 to make it to the round of 16 where he will face another unseeded player in the form of Lorenzo Sonego. Sonego shocked the eighth seeded Karen Khachanov in similar fashion, winning 7-6, 6-4 to enter round three.
The British player had earlier overcame Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in his first round match, also in straight sets.
Norrie out-served his opponent with a first-serve percentage of 65% to 49% and while he won just 66% of the points on it, it was more than the 71% points that Fucsovics won.
The two players exchanged breaks in the first set before it went into a tie-breaker. Norrie won it 7-3 and then wrapped up the second set and the match with another break of serve there.
In what was the biggest upset of the day at the time of writing, Kei Nishikori was knocked out of the tournament in the second round itself. The fifth seeded Nishikori fell to Pierre-Hugues Herbert in another match that did not even go to the third set, with the Frenchman winning 7-5, 6-4 against the rusty Japanese player.
Nishikori, who was the runner-up last Monte-Carlo Masters, struggled with a high number of unforced errors, 25 of them, and hit only 14 winners, leading to his defeat. He will now he can do a lot better at the Barcelona Open that will be played next week.
Third seeded Alexander Zverev advanced to the third round with a 6-1, 6-4 thrashing of Felix Auger-Aliassime while Taylor Fritz moved ahead as well with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Diego Schwartzman. 13th seeded Fabio Fognini benefitted from the withdrawal of Gilles Simon with the Frenchman suffering a last-minute injury.
10th seeded Daniil Medvedev and sixth seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas also made it through to the third round with straight set wins over their respective opponents at the Monte-Carlo Masters. Rafael Nadal will take on Roberto Bautista-Agut while fourth seeded Dominic Thiem plays Martin Klizan in some of the latter matches in the day.