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Machado Blanks Tursunov In Oeiras; Montanes Opens Bid

Oeiras, Portugal

Machado© Portugal OpenRui Machado records his first ATP World Tour main draw win in two years.

Portuguese wild card Rui Machado completed a 6-0, 6-0 rout of fifth seed Dmitry Tursunov in the first round of the Portugal Open on Tuesday in Oeiras.

The 243rd-ranked Machado converted all six of his break point chances and limited the Russian to just seven service points won during the 47-minute match. He recorded his 25th tour-level victory and his first in main draw action since two years ago at this tournament.

"For sure, it’s a perfect day," he said. "I played a perfect match. I’m very happy for that that I could play here in my country with the crowd."

Machado, 30, will look to reach the quarter-finals for a second time on home soil when he next meets Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver. The qualifier beat Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-4, 6-1.

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Portuguese No. 1 Joao Sousa, meanwhile, fell in his first-round match against Argentine qualifier Leonardo Mayer. The sixth-seeded Sousa failed to hold onto his lead in a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 loss in just under two hours.

Teymuraz Gabashvili, who last week upset David Ferrer en route to the Barcelona quarter-finals, became the third seeded player to bow out on Tuesday. The seventh seed lost to Lukasz Kubot 6-3, 7-5.

India’s Somdev Devvarman set a second-round meeting with top seed Tomas Berdych after defeating Australian Matthew Ebden 6-2, 6-3. Berdych will be making his first appearance in Portugal since his tournament debut in 2005.

Two-time former champion Albert Montanes opened his bid to reclaim the ATP World Tour 250 title with a 7-6(4), 6-3 victory over lucky loser Roberto Carballes Baena, who had earned a place in the main draw after Colombian Santiago Giraldo withdrew due to fatigue.

Montanes, who won the Portugal Open in 2009-10, next meets another countryman, third seed Marcel Granollers. The two Spaniards have split their previous four FedEx ATP Head2Head encounters.

In other matches Tuesday, Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas defeated Aleksandr Nedovyesov 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to earn a clash with second seed Milos Raonic. Romanian Victor Hanescu also came from behind to defeat qualifier Radu Albot of Moldova 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

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