August 27, 2019 / 7:12 PM / 22 days ago

Bautista Augut upset by Kukushkin in first round

Aug 27, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan serves to Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in a first round match on day two of the 2019 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spanish 10th seed Roberto Bautista Augut was upset 3-6 6-1 6-4 3-6 6-3 by Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin in the first round of the U.S. Open on Monday.

Bautista Augut, who reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon last month, was broken seven times by Kukushkin as he exited the year’s final Grand Slam in the opening round for the second consecutive year.

It was Kukushkin’s first victory over the Spaniard in four career meetings.

Up next for the Kazakh will be Australian Alexei Popyrin, who beat Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-1 7-5 7-6(5) earlier on Tuesday.

Reporting by Frank Pingue; Editing by Ken Ferris

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