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Verdasco out of Rio Open; 3rd seed Garin advances

Australian Open 2020 - Day 6

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25: Fernando Verdasco of Spain leaves the arena after losing his Men’s Singles match against Alexander Zverev of Germany on day six of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Spain’s Fernando Verdasco was eliminated by Pablo Andujar in the first round of the Rio Open on Monday.

The 36-year-old Verdasco lost 6-3, 6-3 to his countryman.

Top seed and Australian Open finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria will play his first match on Tuesday against Brazilian Felipe Meligeni Alves.

Third seeded Christian Garin of Chile advanced with a 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5) victory over Andrej Martin of Slovakia. Garin will face Argentine Federico Delbonis on Wednesday for a place in the quarterfinals of the clay court tournament.

Delbonis won 6-2, 6-4 against Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena.