World number 100 Thomas Fabbiano has made the perfect start in Istanbul, defeating the Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny 6-1 6-1 in 55 minutes for his third ATP win of the season in 11 matches. The 28-year-old Italian didn't make the best start, facing four break points in the opening game of the match before Youzhny broke him but he sailed through the remaining service games to keep the pressure on the other side of the net all the time.
Mikhail was powerless on both the serve and return, getting broken four times in a row and winning just six points in six return games after that initial break that he earned. Fabbiano found his shots from game two and he won six games in a row to wrap up the opener 6-1, dominating from the baseline and building the momentum before the rest of the match.
He lost just two points behind his initial shot in set number two and Mikhail was nowhere near that pace, losing serve in games one, five and seven to hit the exit door and miss a chance to get closer to the ATP win number 500, staying on 497.
Dusan Lajovic earned his fifth ATP win of the season thanks to a commanding 6-4 6-0 win over tired John Millman, who played two matches on Sudany in Budapest before traveling to Istanbul. Lajovic is battling to stay inside the Top 100 and he scored a valuable triumph in that quest, losing just 12 points on serve and saving two out of three break points to limit the damage in his games.
Millman had to work really hard to at least earn these four games in the opening set, losing more than 50% of the points on his serve and facing no less than 16 break points in six different games. Interestingly, the Aussie was the one who grabbed an early lead, saving two break points in game three and earning that lone break in the following game to create a 3-1 gap.
Nonetheless, we didn't see too much from him in the rest of the match and Dusan broke back in the very next game, reducing the deficit to 3-2 and stealing rival's serve in game nine to close the set a few minutes later with a hold at love.
The Serb has won the last three games of the opening set and he never looked back, creating 10 break points in set number two and scoring three breaks for a routine 5-0 lead. He had to save two break points while serving for the set in game six but he managed to stay unbroken and close the match on his first match point, setting the second round meeting with Jeremy Chardy.
Jeremy Chardy has improved his score in 2018 to 9-8 thanks to a 7-5 6-3 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili in an hour and 29 minutes. This was their first meeting and Chardy delivered more efficient serving and better focus in the crucial points, saving six out of nine break points and earning five breaks of serve from seven opportunities he created.
Nikoloz had a chance to open the match with a break but he wasted three break points after two service winners from the Frenchman and his mistake. The Georgian sprayed a backhand error in game two to drop his serve but he pulled the break back in game five, reducing the deficit to 3-2.
Nikoloz wasted a game point to lose serve again in game six and he hit a double fault to give his serve away and allow Jeremy to serve for the opener at 5-3. Chardy netted a forehand in that game to suffer a break but he eventually grabbed the set in a harder way, scoring his third break of serve in game 12 for a 7-5 after yet another double fault from Basilashvili.
The Georgian didn't enjoy the best possible start in set number two as well, sending a forehand long to lose his serve in game two but recovering in time to erase the deficit in the following game. Chardy had to save two break points in game five in order to remain on the positive side of the scoreboard and he clinched a crucial break in game nine after a forehand error from his rival.
Serving for the match, Chardy delivered a hold at love in game nine to book his place in the second round. First round results: