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Alex de Minaur leads the Aussie charge in Rome this week, where he has advanced to the second round in singles.

Rome, Italy, 10 May 2022 | Leigh Rogers

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Australian hopes have made a promising start at the Italian Open this week.

Alex de Minaur charged into the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 event, recording a 6-4 6-1 victory against Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic.

The world No.22-ranked Aussie saved all seven break points he faced in the 100-minute match.

Ajla Tomljanovic was in a strong position when rain halted her first-round showdown with Italian hope Camila Giorgi. The top-ranked Aussie woman was leading 6-3 4-2 when play was suspended.

Tomljanovic did not have to return to court, with Giorgi conceding the match due to injury.

In doubles action, Thanasi Kokkinakis teamed with American Frances Tiafoe to score a first-round victory.

Ellen Perez and her American partner Nicole Melichar-Martinez have also progressed through to the second round.

Aussies in action – Rome

Men’s singles, first round
Alex de Minaur (AUS) d [Q] Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 6-4 6-1

Women’s singles, first round
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) d Camila Giorgi (ITA) 6-3 4-2 ret.

Men’s doubles, first round
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)/Frances Tiafoe (USA) d Pedro Martinez (ESP)/Cameron Norrie (GBR) 2-6 7-6(2) [10-8]

Women’s doubles, first round
Ellen Perez (AUS)/Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) d Viktorija Golubic (SUI)/Jil Teichmann (SUI) 6-3 6-4

Men’s singles, second round
Alex de Minaur (AUS) v Tommy Paul (USA)

Women’s singles, second round
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v TBC

Men’s doubles, first round
[4] John Peers (AUS)/Filip Polasek (SVK) v Andrey Golubev (KAZ)/Maximo Gonzalez (ARG)
Matthew Ebden (AUS)/Max Purcell (AUS) v Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO)/Alexander Bublik (KAZ)

Men’s doubles, second round
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)/Frances Tiafoe (USA) v TBC

Women’s doubles, second round
[1] Storm Sanders (AUS)/Zhang Shuai (CHN) v TBC
Ellen Perez (AUS)
/Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) v [3] Desirae Krawczyk (USA)/Demi Schuurs (NED)

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