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Laslo Djere owns a 2-0 ATP Head2Head record against Alexei Popyrin.

Djere Digs Deep For Adelaide Victory

Fritz, Opelka beaten in first round

On the opening day of the inaugural Adelaide International, fans were treated to a three-set thriller on Centre Court as Laslo Djere defeated home favourite Alexei Popyrin 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4.

The 24-year-old recorded his second victory of the 2020 ATP Tour season after two hours and 22 minutes, improving his ATP Head2Head record against the Sydney native to 2-0. Djere arrived in Adelaide after a second-round loss to Pierre-Hugues Herbert last week at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

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After opening his 2020 campaign at the ATP Cup, Pablo Cuevas saved three match points to overcome eighth seed Reilly Opelka 5-7, 7-6(9), 7-6(2). The Uruguayan withstood 36 aces throughout the two-hour, 18-minute clash and will face Aljaz Bedene or Tommy Paul for a place in the quarter-finals.

Alexander Bublik also overcame seeded American opposition, beating fifth seed Taylor Fritz 6-4, 7-6(4). Bublik landed 17 aces and saved all five break points he faced.

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