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Raonic, the seventh head of series, got 15 as and maintained an efficiency of 82% on his first serve, but it is, however, tilted to face the 54th best player in the world.
Milos Raonic has suffered a defeat-a surprise 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in the hands of the German Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round of the Championship in Dubai.
Raonic, the seventh head of series, got 15 as and maintained an efficiency of 82 % on his first serve, but it is, however, tilted to face the 54th best player in the world.
The Ontario, which occupies the 14th place in the ATP rankings, has a record of 1-2 since he made his return to the game following a knee injury suffered at the Australian open.
Raonic had won his single bout prior against Struff at Wimbledon last year.
In the other matches, Roger Federer, who is trying to win a 100th ATP tournament, has experienced a difficult start, needing three manchespour eliminate Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
The Swiss, seeded no. 2, won his 99th win on tour in Basel last October. Since then, he has reached two semi-finals and was eliminated in the fourth round at the Australian open.
He will face in the next round to Fernando Verdasco, who came from behind to defeat the Italian from of qualifications Thomas Fabbiano 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Finally, Nikolaz Basilashvili, Georgia-best of history with his 19th place in the world, has surprised the fourth-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov, 6-4, 6-1.
Basilashvili will play for a spot in the quarterfinals against reigning champion Roberto Bautista Agut. The Spanish scored a victory of 6-4, 6-3 against the Indian holder of a pass Ramkumar Ramanathan.
During this time, Felix Auger-Aliassime must play its match of the first round in the Open championship of Brazil against the Urugayen Pablo Cuevas, Tuesday, in São Paulo. The Montreal 18-year-old became the youngest player in the top 100 worldwide this week after being tilted in the tournament’s final in Rio. He has held the 60th rank in the most recent ranking of the ATP.
For the ladies, the Ontario Bianca Andreescu resumes its activities on Tuesday in the tournament of Acapulco, where she has an appointment with the Swiss Jil Teichmann.