Liam Broady’s run at the Sardegna Open was ended in the second round by fifth
seed Jan-Lennard Struff.
Broady, ranked 152 in the world, came into the match buoyed by his first ATP Tour level win since 2018 in Tuesday’s first-round victory over Swiss Marc-Andrea Huesler in Italy.
But he was outclassed by the German on the clay, going down 6-4 6-2 in an hour and 22 minutes.
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Broady’s exit means Dan Evans is the last Briton standing, with the tournament’s No 1 seed beginning his campaign on Thursday having received a bye.
He will go up against 19-year-old home favourite Lorenzo Musetti, who reached the semi-finals of the Acapulco Open earlier this year and third round of the Miami Open last week.
Struff will next play fourth-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili next after the Georgian saved five match points at 4-5 in the deciding set against qualifier Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia before winning 4-6 6-4 7-5.
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Elsewhere, Aljaz Bedene beat Egor Gerasimov of Belarus 6-4 7-6 (7-5).
Slovenian Bedene will take on second-seeded American Taylor Fritz or Slovakia’s Andrej Martin in the next round.
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