Ramos-Vinolas, Verdasco suffer early exits

Sixth-seed Ramos Vinolas lost 7-5, 6-2 to World No. 255 Alexandre Sidorenko while World No. 7 Verdasco lost to Dusan Lajovic 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of St. Petersburg Open

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Albert Ramos-Vinolas lost in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open.

Spanish duo Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Fernando Verdasco suffered defeat in their respective first-round matches at the St. Petersburg Open on Tuesday.

Sixth-seed Ramos Vinolas lost 7-5, 6-2 to World No. 255 Alexandre Sidorenko in a match that lasted one hour and 23 minutes.

The victory was Sidorenko's first on the ATP Tour in 2016, and he was pleased it came in his home town. "I'm really happy I won my first main draw match here. It's always nice to win in your native city in front of your home fans, friends and family," he said in a post-match interview.

Next up for Sidorenko is Paolo Lorenzi, who staved off two match points to overcome Mischa Zverev 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0.

Former World No. 7 Verdasco also fell at the first hurdle, despite taking a one-set lead against Dusan Lajovic.

Serbian Lajovic dominated the Spaniard's second serve as he rallied from behind to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 and book a place in the second round. In an all-Russian clash, qualifier Daniil Medvedev eased past wildcard Alexander Bublik 6-4 6-0.