Cecchinato, Sonego advance at Sardegna Open

SANTA MARGHERITA DI PULA, Sardinia (AP) — Former French Open semifinalist Marco Cecchinato beat Gianluca Mager 5-7, 7-6 (7), 6-2 in the first round of the Forte Village Sardegna Open on Tuesday.

In another all-Italian matchup, fifth-seeded Lorenzo Sonego defeated local wild card Giulio Zeppieri 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the 18-year-old Zeppieri’s first match on tour.

Sonego was coming off a fourth-round appearance at the French Open — where Cecchinato reached the last four in 2018.

Also, sixth-seeded Pablo Andujar eliminated Slovakian qualifier Jozef Kovalik 7-5, 7-5; Federicio Delbonis beat Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6 (6); and Laslo Djere defeated Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal 6-3, 6-1.

The tournament was installed in the ATP calendar as a one-time only event amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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