Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, sixth player in the world, fulfilled his condition of second favorite of the tournament of Rotterdam and advanced to the second round after beating the Belarusian Egor Gerasimov.
The Hellenic tennis player, semifinalist at the Australian Open, won by 7-6 (4) and 7-5 in one hour and 56 minutes, in a balanced duel that Tsitsipas managed at key moments.
The Greek player, who defeated for the second time in three matches Gerasimov, 76 of the ATP ranking, will play in the second round with the Pole Hubert hurkacz that was imposed on the French Adrian mannarino for 6-3 and 7-6 (6).
Also met the russian Andrey Rublev, fourth seed, who beat the American Marcos Giron (7-6 (1) and 6-3) to become the rival of the Briton Andy Murray in the second round.
Alex de Miñaur won the duel between Australians against John millman by 6-1 and 6-4 and will have as rival to the Japanese Kei Nishikori.
The champion of the 2015 edition, the Swiss, said goodbye to the competition Stanislas Wawrinka, eighth seeded, who lost to the Russian Karen khachanov by 6-4 and 7-5. He will play in the second round with the British Cameron Norrie.
Jérémy Chardy he imposed himself on his compatriot Ugo Humbert (4-6, 7-6 (5) and 7-6 (4)) and will have as his rival the winner of the duel between the Belgian David Goffin, sixth favorite, and the German Jan Lennard Struff.