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Alcaraz makes winning start in Paris, De Minaur stuns Medvedev





World number one Carlos Alcaraz entered the Paris Masters third round with a 6-4 6-4 win over Yoshihito Nishioka on Wednesday as Daniil Medvedev suffered an upset loss to Alex de Minaur.

Alcaraz was quickly taken out of the blocks and hit 30 winners to defeat his Japanese opponent despite losing serve in the first set on the only break point he faced the entire match.

“The first round of every tournament is never easy. You have to be really focused, you have to try to have a good pace, good feeling in the first round,” said the 19-year-old Spaniard.

“I had to get used to this court during the game. I felt (it was) fast, this court, but I’m a good player on the indoor courts… these kind of courts help me with my game. »

World number three Medvedev, who won in Vienna last week, fought back in the second set but De Minaur put on a bold display in the decider, coming from a breakdown to win 6-4 2-6 7-5 and seal his first career win over a top-five player.

A frustrated Medvedev smashed his racket into the ground after double faulting on match point before shaking hands with De Minaur at the net.

“It’s the end of the year, everyone is a bit tired, but I’m very proud of my performance. I just played very smart,” said De Minaur. “It was an absolute battle and I’m very happy that I was able to come out on top.”

The Aussie next faces US Open semi-finalist Frances Tiafoe, who beat unseeded Jack Draper 6-3 7-5.

Earlier, fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas produced a fine performance to oust Dan Evans, breaking the Briton early in straight sets and making the most of his opponent’s unforced errors to secure a 6-3 6-4 victory.

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, competing for one of two remaining spots in the season-ending ATP Finals, kept his hopes of a Torino appearance alive with a 6-7(6) 6-4 7-6( 6) against Swede Mikael Ymer.