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Lajovic Battles Into Bastad Second Round

Bastad, Sweden

Lajovic© Skistar Swedish OpenDusan Lajovic edged a third-set tie-break to win his opener.

World No. 73 Dusan Lajovic battled into the second round of the SkiStar Swedish Open on Monday in Bastad as he edged Albert Montanes 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(4). The Serb advanced in one hour and 50 minutes, breaking Montanes twice though actually winning three points fewer than the Spaniard in the contest.

The 24-year-old Lajovic is making his debut at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament and is looking for a return to the form that took him to the Roland Garros fourth round last month (l. to Nadal). He goes on to challenge fourth-seeded Pole Jerzy Janowicz.

Fifth seed Joao Sousa reached the second round when Pere Riba was forced to retire from their first-round match after just one game with a neck strain. 

World No. 80 Paolo Lorenzi claimed his first tour-level win since March as he dismissed Swedish wild card Markus Eriksson 6-2, 6-1 in 73 minutes. The Italian was runner-up on clay in Sao Paulo in February (l. to Delbonis).

In the final round of qualifying, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Radu Albot, Inigo Cervantes and Renzo Olivo all secured main draw berths.

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