Millman exits Paris Masters after loss

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Australian John Millman is out of the Paris Masters after losing to Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia 6-4 6-2.

Millman's first-round loss comes only days after the Brisbane stalwart won the Astana Open, his maiden title.

Joining Millman on his way out was Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The No.2 seed was beaten 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (8-6) 7-6 (7-3) by Frenchman Ugo Humbert.

Tsitsipas saved three match points in the second set tiebreak and another one in the last set before bowing out at an empty Bercy arena despite serving 19 aces.

The skilful Greek trailed 6-3 in the second tiebreak but raised his game and benefited from his opponent's nerves to bag five points in a row to force a decider.

But the 22-year-old Umbert kept his composure in the third set tiebreak to set up a meeting with Marin Cilic.

The Croatian advanced without playing after his opponent, France's Corentin Moutet, was withdrawn from the tournament after testing positive for coronavirus, the ATP said.

Earlier, Swiss Stan Wawrinka beat Briton Daniel Evans 6-3 7-6 (7-3) while Belgian eighth seed David Goffin slumped to a 6-4 7-6 (8-6) second-round defeat against Slovak Norbert Gombos.

One break was enough to see Wawrinka claim the first set and his superior backhand helped him create space in the tie-break, which the three-time grand slam champion finished with a strong serve.

"I'm really happy with my level today," said Wawrinka. "Serving well, moving well so I'm happy with that because every match is difficult here in Paris."

Canada's Milos Raonic is also through with a 6-3 6-2 success against Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene.

Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev discovered his second round opponent will be South African Kevin Anderson after Serbia's Laslo Djere pulled out of their match trailing Anderson 5-2.

Top seed Rafa Nadal starts his campaign on Wednesday with a second-round encounter with fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.