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Nuno Borges passes Pedro Martinez in Rome’s opener

Portugal’s Nuno Borges saved two match points as he won a marathon tiebreak to emerge with a 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (8) victory over Spaniard Pedro Martinez in the first round of the Internazionali on Wednesday BNL d’Italy in Rome.

Borges had a match point at 5-3 in the third set before dropping his serve and ending up on the clay in a decisive tiebreak. Martinez jumped ahead 5-2 in the tiebreak before Borges won the next four points and earned another match point.

Martinez recovered again and had match points at 7-6 on Borges’ serve and 8-7 on his own serve, but Borges extended the match each time. Borges eventually put the match away after Martinez’s serve.

Borges advanced against 15th seed Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan in the second round.

Other winners of the first round on Wednesday were Italy’s Flavio Cobolli and Luciano Darderi, Australia’s Aleksandar Vukic, Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann, Russia’s Pavel Kotov, Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, Kazakhstan’s Alexander Shevchenko, China’s Zhizhen Zhang, the French qualifier Terence Atmane and Brazilian qualifier Thiago Monteiro.

The event’s 32 seeded players – including No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia, No. 2 Daniil Medvedev of Russia, No. 3 Alexander Zverev of Germany and No. 4 Andrey Rublev of Russia – received byes in the first round.

Unseeded Rafael Nadal, ten-time champion of Rome, opens against Belgian qualifier Zizou Bergs on Thursday. Nadal started his injury-delayed season last month with two tournaments in his native Spain, losing in the second round at Barcelona and the fourth round at Madrid.

Nadal said of his form: “It’s something that’s not the same every day. It’s not a line like this (up), it’s a bit like this (up and down). Even after Barcelona I had some difficult moments. in Madrid. Even here on the first day. But in general the line is going up without any doubt.

“I’m happy to be where I am today because a month ago it was almost impossible for me to think that I could play in Barcelona, ​​then in Madrid and now here in Rome. Things are happening.”

Djokovic, six-time champion in Rome, will open against Frenchman Corentin Moutet or Russian Roman Safiullin.