Joao Sousa to meet Novak Djokovic, Frances Tiafoe sets up Alexander Zverev clash

Frances Tiafoe serving

Joao Sousa and Frances Tiafoe won their opening matches at the Paris Masters to set up second-round encounters against Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev respectively.

Qualifier Sousa upset French Open semi-finalist Marco Cecchinato 7-5, 6-3 to book a clash with four-time Paris Masters champion Djokovic.

American Tiafoe, meanwhile, saw off the challenge of Nicolas Mahut, winning 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 to earn himself a date against fourth seed Zverev.

Fellow NextGen star Karen Khachanov also moved into the second round as he beat Filip Krajinovic of Serbia 7-5, 6-2.

The Russian was due to meet Kyle Edmund, but the British No 1 withdrew due to injury and he will face Australian lucky loser Matthew Ebden instead.

Canadian Denis Shapovalov fell at the first hurdle as he went down against Richard Gasquet with the veteran Frenchman winning 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to send up a meeting with defending champion Jack Sock.

“[Shapovalov] is hitting the ball very hard. So it’s very tough to play against him. So I needed to play very offensive, especially my return on his second serve was important for me. So I tried to push a lot and to keep my serve,” Gasquet told

Other players to advance include Damir Dzumhur, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Feliciano Lopez.

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