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Norrie stays in running for ATP Finals

Britain’s Cameron Norrie has stayed in contention for one of the two remaining ATP Finals spots by cruising past Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Paris Masters on Monday.

The 10th-seeded Norrie produced a solid performance, winning nine straight games from 2-2 in the opening set to 5-0 in the second. Delbonis has suffered a ninth straight first-round loss.

Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini have already qualified for the ATP Finals. Norrie, Casper Ruud, Jannik Sinner, Hubert Hurkacz and Felix Auger-Aliassime are contending to make the eight-player field.

Out of contention is Aslan Karatsev. Seeded 13th in Paris he lost to Sebastian Korda 6-2 6-7 (9-11) 7-6 (7-5). The American landed 72 per cent of his first serves and hit 11 aces.

Karatsev, who won the Kremlin Cup last month in Moscow, saved two match points in the second set before Korda converted his fourth match point.

Marton Fucsovics of Hungary, Ilya Ivashka of Belarus, Dusan Lajovic of Serbia, Italy’s Adrian Mannarino and Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan have also reached the second round.

Fucsovics outlasted Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-1 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-5) to earn a meeting with top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who has a first-round bye. Fognini saved a match point in the second-set tie-breaker but then failed to serve out the match at 5-4 in the third.

Ivashka defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-3 7-6 (7-2) to next face defending champion Daniil Medvedev, who also has a first-round bye. Lajovic beat Mackenzie McDonald, Bublik saved nine of 12 break points in defeating Dan Evans of Britain, and Mannarino put out Nikoloz Basilashvili.

In doubles, Djokovic and Serbian compatriot Filip Krajinovic rallied past Australians Alex de Minaur and Luke Saville 4-6 6-4 10-7. Djokovic struggled on serve, double-faulting in each of his service games.

Djokovic returned to competition by playing doubles to build up his fitness and prepare for the Davis Cup. The 20-time Grand Slam champion could also clinch the year-end No. 1 ranking in Paris.

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