ATP roundup: Djokovic strolls to win in Dubai opener

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, back in action for the first time in three weeks, didn’t get much of a test Monday in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, back in action for the first time in three weeks, didn’t get much of a test Monday in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

The tournament’s top seed routed Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri 6-1, 6-2 in exactly one hour.

Djokovic put 70 percent of his first serves in play and never faced a break point. Jaziri faced eight break points and lost four of them.

In other opening-round action, Gael Monfils continued his winning streak. The third-seeded Frenchman, who won tournaments in Montpellier, France, and Rotterdam, Netherlands, earlier this month, topped Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics 6-4, 7-5.

Sixth-seeded Andrey Rublev and seventh-seeded Karen Khachanov, both of Russia, also posted straight-set victories.

Chile Dove Men+Care Open

Sixth-seeded Hugo Dellien of Bolivia held off Italy’s Marco Cecchinato for a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory in the first round at Santiago, Chile.

Dellien won 72 percent of his first-serve points despite serving just one ace. Cecchinati had 11 aces but offset those with seven double faults. He won just 60 percent of his first-serve points.

Also moving into the second round were two wild-card entrants, Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera and Brazil’s Thiago Seyboth Wild, as well as Roberto Carballes Baena, who won an all-Spanish showdown with Jaume Munar.

Mexican Open

Stan Wawrinka squandered three match points before getting forced into a third-set tiebreaker, but he emerged with a first-round win in Acapulco, Mexico.

The third-seeded Swiss player posted 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (1) victory over the United States’ Frances Tiafoe. Wawrinka had a break point to win the match at 4-5 in the third set, then had three more break points to close it out at 5-6, but Tiafoe survived each time.

The final tiebreaker was one-sided, though, as Wawrinka captured the final six points.

In other first-round matches, Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic, France’s Adrian Mannarino and the United States’ Tommy Paul all registered three-set wins.

—Field Level Media