ATP roundup: Fritz stuns No. 2 seed Zverev at Basel

American Taylor Fritz stunned second-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany in convincing fashion Tuesday, winning 7-6 (7), 6-4 in the first round at the Swiss Indoors in Basel.

Though the first set came down to a tiebreaker, Fritz, 21, bounced back from a 4-1 deficit, then avoided a set point chance by Zverev with an overhead smash before closing it out with an ace.

After breaking Zverev at 1-1 of the second set, unseeded Fritz went on to win the match that lasted 1 hour, 24 minutes.

In other action, Moldova's Radu Albot rallied to defeat Serbia's Dusan Lajovic 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, to earn a second-round match against top-seeded Roger Federer, whose streak at Basel en route to nine championships has reached 21 consecutive victories.

Other winners Tuesday included No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, No. 4 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain and No. 5 Fabio Fognini of Italy, along with American Reilly Opelka, who topped Chile's Cristian Garin 7-6 (5), 7-6 (10).

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Top-seeded Dominic Thiem upended Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6 (2) to start home week comfortably while advancing to the second round in Vienna.

Thiem, 26, did not face a break point and is seeking a career-best fifth title this season. He will next face Spain's Fernando Verdasco, who rebounded to top Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

The only seeded player to fall Tuesday was No. 7 Guido Pella of Argentina, who was defeated by Slovakia's Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-4.

--Field Level Media

10/22/2019 22:53

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