Thiem, Bellucci advance at Paris Masters
PARIS (AP) Dominic Thiem advanced to the second round of the Paris Masters with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over local favorite Adrien Mannarino on Monday.
Opening play at the refurbished Bercy arena, the 22-year-old Thiem saved five of the six break points he faced to set up a second-round match with Kevin Anderson.
The 19th-ranked Thiem has won his first three titles this season, all on clay, and is the youngest player in the Top 25.
Thomaz Bellucci also made it to the second round, where he will be up against top-ranked Novak Djokovic. Bellucci defeated lucky loser Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-4.
The Paris Masters is the final regular-season tournament before the eight best players meet in London at the ATP World Tour Finals from Nov. 15-22.