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Top seed, Karen Khachanov suffers shock exit in Sofia

Karen Khachanov of Russia, seeded No.1 for the Sofia Open, failed to move past his first hurdle at the event as he was beaten 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 by Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the second round on Wednesday.

Khachanov, who received a first round bye, had made the better start in the opening set, clinically asserting his dominance to quickly open up a 5-2 lead. Berrettini, however, found a way back in, dragging the set into a tiebreaker, which Khachanov sealed.

But the Russian continued to struggle with his composure as Berrettini stepped in to take control, leveling the match and forcing a decider, which he took to claim victory and move into the quarterfinals.

Matteo Berrettini

“It was a very difficult first set, I didn’t play so well,” Berrettini said. “But then I improved my performance in the second set and I think I played very well in the third.”

Elsewhere, Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, who clinched the Doha title and reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in January, rallied from a set down to beat Matthew Ebden 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and also reach the quarterfinals in Sofia.

Sixth-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain beat Bulgarian qualifier Alexandar Lazarov 6-2, 6-1, while eighth-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi lost 6-2, 7-6 to Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics in first round action.

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