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Australian qualifier Rinky Hijikata data his first top-50 singles win to succeed in the second one around at an ATP Masters 1000 match in China.

Shanghai, China, 5 October 2023 | Leigh Rogers

Shanghai, China

Rinky Hijikata has recorded any other spectacular lead to his breakout season.

The 22-year-old Australian posted his first top-50 win within the opening around of the Shanghai Masters, beating international No.36 Laslo Djere.

Hijikata had misplaced all of his 8 earlier conferences in opposition to a top-50 opponent, however his speedy growth used to be on display these days in opposition to the 28-year-old Serbian.

International No.75 Hijikata, who earned his position within the draw as a qualifier, edged out a 7-6(4) 7-5 victory in a two-hour and 17-minute struggle in opposition to the extra skilled Djere.

Hijikata’s rising self-belief used to be glaring when he didn’t serve out the fit within the tenth sport of the second one set.

Despite the fact that he squandered 3 fit issues, Hijikata bounced again strongly to instantly snare any other smash. From there, Hijikata served out the most important win (score smart) of his profession.

“It were given a bit of bit difficult in opposition to the tip there and it used to be difficult prerequisites these days, however I’m lovely satisfied so that you could get thru,” Hijikata instructed tennis.com.au.

This propels into Hijikata right into a second-round showdown with fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Aleksandar Vukic, who’s taking part in a career-best season of his personal, may be thru to the second one around.

The 27-year-old Australian recorded a 6-4 7-6(7) first-round victory in opposition to Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena.

Vukic fired 35 winners to fourteen within the two-hour and 14-minute conflict, putting in place a second-round assembly with 18th seed Grigor Dimitrov.

It wasn’t all just right information for Australians contenders, with Alexei Popyrin, Jordan Thompson and Philip Sekulic ousted within the opening around.

AUSSIES IN ACTION – Shanghai

RESULTS
Males’s singles, first around
Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) d Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) 6-4 7-6(7)
[Q] Rinky Hijikata (AUS) d Laslo Djere (SRB) 7-6(4) 7-5
Matteo Arnaldi (ITA) d Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 4-6 6-3 6-4
Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) d [Q] Philip Sekulic (AUS) 6-3 6-2
[Q] Terence Atmane (FRA) d Jordan Thompson (AUS) 6-3 3-6 6-1

COMING UP
Males’s singles, first around
Chris O’Connell (AUS) v Botic van de Zandschulp (NED)

Males’s singles, moment around
[11] Alex de Minaur (AUS) v Fabian Marozsan (HUN)
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) v [16] Hubert Hurkacz (POL)
Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) v [18] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
[Q] Rinky Hijikata (AUS) v [4] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
[Q] Dane Sweeny (AUS) v [25] Sebastian Baez (ARG)

> VIEW: Shanghai Masters males’s singles draw

Males’s doubles, first around
[4] Matt Ebden (AUS)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) v Matwe Middelkoop (NED)/Andrea Mies (GER)
Alex de Minaur (AUS)/Max Purcell (AUS)
 v [1] Ivan Dodig (CRO)/Austin Krajicek (USA)
Rinky Hijikata (AUS)/Cameron Norrie (GBR) v Hubert Hurkacz (POL)/Ben Shelton (USA)
John Friends (AUS)/Nikola Mektic (CRO) v Kevin Krawietz (GER)/Tim Puetz (GER)

> VIEW: Shanghai Masters males’s doubles draw

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