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Former World No. 1 Ferrero Returns To Barcelona

Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero came up just short on Monday in his first tour-level match since 2012, falling in doubles with countryman Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2, 5-7, 10-7 against Marcin Matkowski and Daniel Nestor at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

The 37-year-old Ferrero, who last played in October 2012 in Valencia, was looking to replicate his semi-final doubles run in Valencia, which was his best career doubles result.

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Matkowski/Nestor will face Frenchmen Fabrice Martin and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who upset second seeds Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares 7-6(5), 2-6, 10-3. Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Peya got the better of #NextGenATP player Karen Khachanov and World No. 9 Dominic Thiem, 6-3, 6-3.

In Budapest, third seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah prevailed past Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop 6-3, 6-3. Fourth seeds Brian Baker and Nikola Mektic beat the wild-card team of Marius Copil and Marton Fucsovics 7-5, 6-2.

The Hungarian team of Attila Balazs and Gabor Borsos kept the home crowd happy by beating Argentinians Andres Molteni and Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2.

Dzumhur, Lorenzi Kick Off Inaugural Budapest Tournament

Bosnian Damir Dzumhur came back from a set down against Belgian Steve Darcis 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to kick off day one of the inaugural Gazprom Hungarian Open on Monday. Dzumhur will face second-seeded Croatian Ivo Karlovic in round two. Karlovic won their prior FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting in three sets in Vienna last year.

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Sixth seed Paolo Lorenzi advanced 6-4, 7-5 against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan. Lorenzi won 74 per cent of his first-serve points and will meet Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky or German Florian Mayer in the second round.

Seventh seed Viktor Troicki swept Russian Evgeny Donskoy, the only man to beat Roger Federer this year, 6-1, 6-2 in 53 minutes. The 31-year-old Serbian faces Serbian qualifier Laslo Djere, who moved into the second round when #NextGenATP player Daniil Medvedev retired because of a left leg injury down 0-6, 5-5.

Sugita Knocks Out Former Champion In Barcelona

Lucky loser Yuichi Sugita of Japan made the most of his main draw showing at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell on Monday, knocking out 2004 champion Tommy Robredo 6-4, 6-3 to earn his first win of the season.

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Sugita saved six of seven break points to prevail past the 34-year-old Robredo, who received a wild card into the main draw. The 28-year-old Sugita will meet ninth seed Richard Gasquet in the second round.

#NextGenATP qualifier Casper Ruud will meet Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters finalist and 10th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round after dismissing Radu Albot 6-2, 6-2 in 65 minutes. Ruud, the youngest player in the draw at 18, reached the semi-finals in Rio earlier this season and is currently sixth in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan, which will determine the 21-and-under field at the inaugural #NextGenATP Finals, to be held 7-11 November in Milan.

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Brit Kyle Edmund booked a second-round meeting against fourth seed Dominic Thiem with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. Spanish veteran Nicolas Almagro beat Canadian qualifier Steven Diez 6-3, 6-4 and will battle #NextGenATP star Alexander Zverev in the second round for the first time.

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Edmund Almagro Advance On Day One Highlights In Barcelona 2017

Watch highlights of Kyle Edmund and Nicolas Almagro advancing on Monday at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Watch live matches at tennistv.com. Getty Images photo.

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