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Chung To Meet Isner In Auckland Second Round

South Korean Hyeon Chung set up a second-round meeting against fourth-seed American John Isner at the ASB Classic on Tuesday. The reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion saved nine of 12 break points, winning five of the first six games in the deciding set of his 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 victory over American lucky loser Tennys Sandgren.

Sixth seed Pablo Cuevas started his 2018 season with a routine 6-3, 6-2 win against Japan's Taro Daniel in Auckland. Cuevas broke four times and won 81 per cent of his first-serve points to coast in 77 minutes. The 32-year-old will next meet Russian Karen Khachanov.

Hyeon Chung was make to work in his first-round win over Tennys Sandgren on Tuesday in Auckland.
American Steve Johnson, who reached the semi-finals last year (l. to eventual champion Sock), pulled through in a tight first-round contest, beating Italy's Liam Caruana 7-5, 7-6(4). Johnson will next play Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut. Germany's Peter Gojowczyk setup a second-round matchup against top seed and defending champion Jack Sock. The 28-year-old Gojowczyk defeated American qualifier Tim Smyczek 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Czech Jiri Vesely, the 2015 Auckland champion, pulled through in a 3-6 6-1, 7-6(7) victory against qualifier Radu Albot of Moldova and will meet Sam Querrey of the U.S. in the second round.

Two #NextGenATP players fell in their Auckland debut. Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas lost to Slovakian Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3, and Norway's Casper Ruud fell to Dutchman Robin Haase 0-6, 7-6(6), 6-3.


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