Duckworth progresses in Paris | The West Australian

James Duckworth has scored an impressive victory in the opening round of the Paris Masters, beating world No.20 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 5-7 7-6 (7-4).

The Aussie No.2 beat the veteran in two hours, 35 minutes, recovering fro a break down early in the third set to force a tie-break.

In it he set up two match points with a deep forehand, then claimed victory on the first when Bautista Agut misjudged a service return.

His Spanish opponent made fewer unforced errors and won more points, but Duckworth won more of the ones that mattered, Bautista Agut winning four of 15 break points, Duckworth four of ten.

Duckworth will now play 19-year-old Italian Lorenzo Musetti, a lucky loser ranked 67 in the world, 12 places lower and ten years younger. It will be their first encounter.

Much of the interest in Paris revolves around which players will seal the final two spots in the end-of-season ATP FInals.

One of the contenders, Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, stayed in the frame by beating Italian qualifier Gianluca Mager 4-6 6-4 6-1.

The ninth-seeded Auger-Aliassime hit two double-faults and sent a forehand wide to allow Mager to serve out the first set. But he levelled the match when Mager double-faulted on set point in the second.

Auger-Aliassime then broke Mager twice in the third.

Elsewhere American qualifier Tommy Paul beat Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-3 6-4, and compatriot Reilly Opelka defeated Filip Krajinovic, of Serbia, 6-3 7-6 (7-4).

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