Croatian duo Coric, Cilic advance to second round at Paris Masters

Borna Coric made light work of Marton Fucsovics while fellow Croat Marin Cilic was stretched by Auger-Aliassime before moving to the second round of the Paris Masters.

Borna Coric recently reached the final at the St. Petersburg Open for the second year in a row.   -  Getty Images

Fifteen-seeded Borna Coric advanced to the second round of the Paris Masters by beating qualifier Marton Fucsovics 7-6 (5), 6-1 on Monday.

The Croatian won 35 of his 48 first-service points at the indoor tournament and will next face Jordan Thompson of Australia.

"It was not an easy match and every time we have played it's been very tough," Coric said. "I played one bad game at 2-1 in the first set, when I missed two first serves, but pretty much the rest of the time I was serving huge."

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Coric recently reached the final at the St. Petersburg Open for the second year in a row.

Thompson defeated qualifier Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-2, 6-3.

Also, Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez progressed to the second round with a 7-6 (11), 6-1 win over Filip Krajinovic of Serbia and will be up against Rafael Nadal in his next match.

Following his record-extending 13th title at Roland Garros last month, Nadal is back in Paris looking for a maiden win at the Paris Masters, the final Masters event of the season. Nadal can tie Novak Djokovic's record if he wins his 36th Masters title at the end of this week.

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The tournament is being held without fans because of lockdown measures implemented in France to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.

The ATP said British doubles player Joe Salisbury was withdrawn from the tournament after a "sustained close contact" with a COVID-19 case.

Both the "credentialed individual" and Salisbury have been placed in isolation, the ATP said.

Cilic faces early test

Despite clinching an opening-set bagel, 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic was made to work hard by Canadian youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime before he posted a 6-0 3-6 6-3 victory.

Auger-Aliassime leaked 14 unforced errors in the opening set but found a way past his Croatian opponent in the second, needing 21 minutes to engineer a break of serve in the eighth game.

The 20-year-old, however, needed a medical timeout early in the third set due to a hip issue, which allowed Cilic to regroup and book a spot in the second round.