ATP Rotterdam Day 1 recap
Photo: Pim Waslander/ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament

The ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament got underway with another strong field gathering in Rotterdam for the annual indoor 500 event.

Fourth seed Hubert Hurkacz, sixth seed Cameron Norrie and Alex de Minaur all advanced while eighth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili lost to Mackenzie MacDonald.
 

Singles results as seeds win of three on opening day

Hurkacz was playing for the first time since losing in the second round of the Australian Open, won 83 percent of his first serve points and served nine aces in a 6-4, 7-6 (7) victory over former champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"Jo is an amazing player and competitor", he said following the one-hour, 32 minute match. "He brought a really high level and it was a really tough match for me.

"Jo has achieved so much in his career and playing against him you can see why with his shots and his serve. I appreciated playing him and I am happy with the win today."

Norrie moved on with a fairly straightforward 6-2, 6-4 victory over Ugo Humbert. The BNP Paribas Open champion picked up his first win of the season after going winless at the ATP Cup and Australian Open.

De Minaur had no issue dispatching David Goffin 6-0, 6-3 in just 75 minutes. The Aussie broke five times and is now 3-0 lifetime against the Belgian.

"I think I played really well", he said. "I played exactly how I wanted to. My coach and I set up a plan about how we wanted to play this match and I executed it.

"Mentally I thought I was very solid and positive and that is one of the main aspects I am trying to focus on this year."

McDonald is next up for De Minaur as the American posted a 6-3, 6-2 win over Basilashvili. Winning 79 percent of his first-serve points, he is making his debut at the tournament.

Doubles results

The doubles field is also very strong with 16 teams competing for the title and the first day of action saw fourth seeds Wesley Koolhof and Ken Skupski edge past Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev 5-7, 7-5, [10-7].

The other match that was played saw Lloyd Harris and Tim Puetz defeat Tallon Griekspoor and Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3, 7-6 (3).

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