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Sonego defeats Paire, Bonzi shocks Lopez at Stuttgart Open

Tennis: ATP Tour - Stuttgart

06 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart: Tennis, ATP Tour - Stuttgart, 1st round, Sonego (Italy) - Paire (France): Lorenzo Sonego in action. Photo: Tom Weller/dpa (Photo by Tom Weller/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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STUTTGART, Germany -- Sixth-seeded Lorenzo Sonego recovered from a slow start to defeat Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-2 in the first round of the Stuttgart Open.

The Italian player dropped his serve in the first and fifth games of the match but won four in a row to clinch the first set before breaking twice in the second.

Sonego will next face German wild card Jan-Lennard Struff, who edged past American player Marcos Giron 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (8) in their first-round match.

Also, Benjamin Bonzi defeated Spain’s Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1 for an all-French second-round match against Ugo Humbert or Arthur Rinderknech.

Oscar Otte defeated German compatriot Daniel Altmaier 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) for a second-round meeting with fourth-seeded Denis Shapovalov.