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ATP roundup: Nikoloz Basilashvili earns fifth tour win in Munich

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Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia survived a rain interruption and a challenge from German Jan-Lennard Struff to win the BMW Open in Munich on Sunday.

The No. 5 seed, Basilashvili needed just 86 minutes to top No. 7 Struff 6-4, 7-6 (5). He did not lose a set in any of his five matches this week.

For Basilashvili, it was his fifth win in seven career tour-level finals. He won the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in March, and with this victory, moved to 14-2 on clay courts in Germany. He also won the Hamburg European Open championship in 2018 and 2019.

It was the first ATP Tour final for Struff.

Mutua Madrid Open

Canadian Denis Shapovalov needed just over an hour to defeat Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-3 in the opening round of the clay-court tournament in Spain.

The No. 11 seed, Shapovalov used seven aces and a 90 percent winning percentage on his first serve to cruise to the victory.

Other winners included American Tommy Paul, who defeated Pedro Martinez of Spain 6-4, 7-5, and Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victor over Marton Fucsovics of Hungary.

Millennium Estoril Open

Seventh-seeded Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas captured his third ATP Tour title by rallying for a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) win against Britain’s Cameron Norrie in Portugal.

Ramos-Vinolas trailed 2-1 in the second set before winning five of the next six games to force the decider. He also fell behind 3-1 in the tiebreak before rattling off six straight points to end the match in two hours and 41 minutes.

Ramos-Vinolas improved to 3-0 against Norrie and extended his lead on the tour this season to 16 wins on clay. The 33-year-old’s two previous titles were also on clay, at the 2019 Swiss Open Gstaad and 2016 Nordea Open in Sweden.

–Field Level Media

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