Fifth-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Belgium’s Steve Darcis on Monday in the first round of the Moselle Open in Metz, France.
Verdasco saved the only break point he faced in the 68-minute match.
The opening-day action featured only two other matches. French wild-card entrant Francois Hoang beat Germany’s Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-2, 6-3, and Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic topped Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk 7-5, 6-4.
St. Petersburg Open
Both seeded players in action posted first-round victories in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Sixth-seeded Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan defeated Italy’s Jannik Sinner 6-3, 7-6 (4) thanks to superior returning on the key points. Kukushkin converted three of his five break-point chances while Sinner cashed in just two of his 11 break opportunities.
Seventh-seeded Adrian Mannarino of France dumped Italy’s Stefano Travaglia 7-5, 6-2 in a rematch of a French Open first-round matchup this year that Mannarino captured in five sets.
Attila Balazs won the last two games of a suspended match to send Hungary to a 3-2 series win over Ukraine and a berth in next year’s Davis Cup qualifying round.
Balazs led Illya Marchenko 6-4, 5-5 on Sunday when play was halted due to darkness in Budapest, Hungary. Marchenko squandered a set point Sunday just before the suspension.
On Monday, Balazs got the first service break of the set for a 6-5 lead, then needed three match points and staved off a break point to serve out the match.
—Field Level Media