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Norrie makes winning start at Rio Open as Evans victorious at Los Cabos

Defending champion Cameron Norrie hit the ground running at the Rio Open on Monday, defeating Bolivian player Hugo Dellien 6-3 6-2 in Brazil.

The world number 23 saved the only break point he faced as he breezed into the second round in one hour and 21 minutes.

In his on-court interview after the match, Norrie said he was happy with how he bounced back after a first-round exit in Argentina last week.

He said: “I served much better than last week, and I was a bit more patient and knew I had to play point for point and really make the rallies a bit longer.

“I think I learned from last week with that, and just happy to be back in Brazil.”

He added: “This is a special place for me, I won my biggest title last year here.

“I have another chance to work on my game and maybe enjoy the beach a little.”

He will face off with Chilean player Tomas Barrios Vera next, after the world number 120 knocked out Brazilian wild card Gustavo Heide 7-5 6-3.

Norrie won the top prize at last year’s Rio Open, defeating world number two Carlos Alcaraz in the final.

Alcaraz will play his opener on Tuesday against home crowd hope Thiago Monteiro, and three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka will take on Argentina’s Facundo Daz Acosta, fresh from winning the Argentina Open on Sunday as a wild card.

Evans through to last 16 in straight sets

For Dan Evans it was a comprehensive victory in the first round at the Mifel Tennis Open in Los Cabos, defeating Roman Safiullin of Russia 6-2, 6-4.

It is a win that gets Evans back on track after his defeat to Jordan Thompson at the Delray Beach Open.

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