Fernando Verdasco, Gael Monfils advance in Argentina Open

Australian Open semifinalist Kyle Edmund withdrew from the tournament due to illness.

Published: 14th February 2018 12:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th February 2018 12:14 PM   |  A+A-

Tennis world number 46 Gael Monfils. | AFP File Photo

By Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES: Fernando Verdasco and Gael Monfils won their first-round matches in the Argentina Open on Tuesday, and Australian Open semifinalist Kyle Edmund withdrew from the tournament due to illness.

The eighth-seeded Verdasco advanced on clay in Buenos Aires with a 6-2, 7-5 victory against Thiago Monteiro of Brazil and next plays Guido Pella of Argentina.

Monfils beat Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 6-4. The Frenchman faces Dusan Lajovic of Serbia in the next round.

Edmund withdrew from his scheduled match against Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena because of a throat infection.

Top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria plays Wednesday.

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