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Basilashvili stuns Rublev in 1st round in Halle

Terra Wortmann Open 2022 - Day 3

HALLE, GERMANY - JUNE 13: Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia plays a backhand in his match against Andrey Rublev of Russia during day three of the 29th Terra Wortmann Open at OWL-Arena on June 13, 2022 in Halle, Germany. (Photo by Thomas F. Starke/Getty Images)

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HALLE, Germany - Last year’s beaten finalist Andrey Rublev lost to Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (1), 6-4 in the first round of the Halle Open.

Rublev, who won titles in Marseille, Dubai, and Belgrade this season, was bidding to go one better in Halle after losing last year’s decider to Ugo Humbert. But Basilashvili stunned the third-seeded Russian and avenged his defeat to Rublev last year.

Basilashvili next faces Germany’s Oscar Otte or Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic.

Defending champion Humbert was made to fight hard but ultimately came through against Moldovan qualifier Radu Albot 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-5. The French player next faces the fifth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz or American qualifier Maxime Cressy.

Also, Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Danish teenager Holger Rune 6-3, 7-6 (5) and Belarus’ Ilya Ivashka rallied to beat home favorite Jan-Lennard Struff 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5).