Sebastian Korda starts Metz Mosel Open Bid as Stan Wawrinka reaches the peloton | ATP Tour

Sebastian Korda has just started its 2022 indoor season at the Moselle open in Metz, but the American is already meeting familiar faces.

World No. 49 held his own against his former #NextGenATP rival Hugo Gaston on Monday for the 6: 3, 7: 6 (2) first round victory at the ATP 250 tournament in France. It’s Korda’s first indoor tournament since reaching the finals Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan last November when he pushed past the Frenchman in five sets en route to the league game.

Korda was subjected to a similarly rigorous test by Gaston in Metz on Monday. The 22-year-old fended off two set points as Gaston trailed 5-6 in the second set as Gaston increased the pressure in front of his home fans but after digging deep to hold serve Korda carried the momentum into the tie – interruption. He opened a 5/1 lead that proved unassailable as he sealed a victory by an hour and 37 minutes in the tournament debut.

In the second round, Korda will face another player he beat in Milan 10 months ago. Lorenzo Musetti. Despite that defeat in his home country, Hamburg champions Musetti lead 2-1 against Korda in their ATP Head2Head series.

In the other main fight of the day Lorenzo Sonego angry sixth seed Aslan Karatsev 7-5, 6-3 to reach the second round in Metz for the third time. Sonego earned two breaks on his opponent’s serve in each set to record his first tour-level win over Karatsev in four tries. The Italian will next face the winner of Tuesday’s matchup David Gofin and home favorite Giles Simon.

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Also on Monday Stan Wawrinka secured his place in the main draw in Metz after a 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-0 victory in second-round qualifiers Zsombor Piros.

16-time world champion Wawrinka found his rhythm after losing the tiebreak in the first set to world No. 160 Piros. The Swiss saved all four break points he faced and converted five of nine of his own chances to break serve to complete an hour and 55-minute win in north-eastern France.

Wawrinka is making his first appearance in Metz since 2015 when he reached the quarterfinals. The former world No. 3 is trying to build some form after enduring a tough string of results since returning to the Tour in April after 13 months with a foot injury. He will take over Joao Sousa in the first round of the peloton, with the winner going to a top-seed showdown in the second round Daniel Medvedev.

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