Duckworth scores top-20 win at Paris Masters | 3 November, 2021 | All News | News and Features | News and Events


Paris, France, 3 November 2021 | Leigh Rogers

James Duckworth has eliminated world No.20 Roberto Bautista Agut in the opening round at the Paris Masters.

It is the 29-year-old Australian’s third career win against a top 20-ranked opponent, all of which have been recorded during a career-best 2021 season.

Duckworth served 12 aces to post a steely 6-4 5-7 7-6(4) victory in his tournament debut, impressively holding his nerve in the high-pressure final stages against the experienced 33-year-old Spaniard.

It is Duckworth’s fifth main draw win of the season at an ATP Masters 1000 tournament. He began the season with two wins in total at that level, highlighting his remarkable improvement over the past 12 months.

It propels world No.55-ranked Duckworth into a second-round clash with Italian lucky loser Lorenzo Musetti.

Fellow Australians John Millman and Alex de Minaur feature in first-round action later today in Paris.

Aussies in action – Paris

RESULTS
Men’s singles, first round
James Duckworth (AUS) d [14] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 6-4 5-7 7-6(4)

COMING UP
Men’s singles, first round
John Millman (AUS)
 v [11] Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
Alex de Minaur (AUS)
v Lloyd Harris (RSA)

Men’s singles, second round
James Duckworth (AUS)
v [LL] Lorenzo Musetti (ITA)

Men’s doubles, second round
[6] John Peers (AUS)/Filip Polasek (SVK) v [WC] Novak Djokovic (SRB)/Filip Krajinovic (SRB)





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