- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 2, 2018

PUNE, India (AP) - Fifth-seeded Robin Haase started the new year with a 7-6 (6), 7-5 victory over Blaz Kavcic in the first round of the Maharashtra Open on Tuesday.

Kavcic broke the serve of 42nd-ranked Haase three times, but the Dutchman eventually came through to line up a match against Chile’s Nicolas Jarry.

Brazilian qualifier Thiago Monteiro was on court for 2 hours, 40 minutes before beating Ruben Bemelmans 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (8).

Monteiro, ranked 124th, will meet U.S. Open finalist Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the second round.

India’s Yuki Bhambri ended the hopes of wildcard countryman Arjun Kadhe with a 6-3, 6-4 victory and will play eighth-seeded Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France.

Ilya Ivashka of Belarus earlier beat Sumit Nagal of India 6-3, 6-3, while Laslo Djere of Serbia rallied to beat Marius Copil of Romania 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.

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