Daniil Medvedev of Russia returns the ball to Alexander Zverev of Germany during the St. Petersburg Open ATP tennis tournament match in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Dmitri Lovetsky
February 22, 2017

MARSEILLE, France (AP) Daniil Medvedev upset eighth-seeded Benoit Paire 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the first round of the Open 13 on Wednesday, and defending champion Nick Kyrgios advanced to the quarterfinals.

The 21-year-old Medvedev rallied from a double break down in the decider after breaking his French opponent when Paire served for the match in the second set.

''I started to play some really good tennis in the third set, especially in the tie-break,'' said Medvedev, who reached his first final on the Tour at the Chennai Open earlier this year.

Paire's fellow Frenchmen Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon enjoyed better fortune at the indoor hard-court tournament while Kyrgios eased past Malek Jaziri 6-4, 6-2.

The sixth-seeded Gasquet prevailed 7-5, 6-2 against Mikhail Youzhny and Simon joined him in the quarterfinals after beating Julien Benneteau 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in an all-French match.

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