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Dmitry Tursunov served 'double-bagel' by Rui Machado

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Dmitry Tursunov being served a double bagel was the top story of the opening day of the Portugal Open, as he was routed 6-0, 6-0 by Portuguese wildcard Rui Machado on Tuesday.

The Russian won just seven service points against a player ranked over 200 places below him and it was Machado’s first main-draw win on the ATP Tour in two years.

In a match that lasted just 47 minutes, world number 243 Machado converted all six of his break point chances against the fifth seed on the way to his 25th tour victory as he caused a shock on the clay court surface in Oeiras.

Victory for Machado ended his long run without a main-draw win, with his last coming at the same tournament in Estoril in 2012, when he beat compatriot Pedro Sousa.

Next up for the 30-year-old will be Spanish qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver, a player who is ranked 145 places above him at 98 and who beat Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-4, 6-1 in his opening match.

Once again, Machado will be facing his opponent on the ATP tour for the first time and he will be aiming to win back-to-back matches in the main draw of a tournament for the first time since February 2011 in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil.

Machado said his emphatic victory made it a “perfect day” for him.

He said after the match: "For sure, it’s a perfect day. I played a perfect match. I’m very happy for that that I could play here in my country with the crowd."

The result will have dealt a blow to world number 32 Tursunov’s chances of being seeded for the French Open, which begins on May 25.

Elsewhere, it was not all positive for the home supporters on the first day of the tournament, as Portuguese number one Joao Sousa lost to Argentinean qualifier Lenoardo Mayer, with the sixth seed being beaten in three sets, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

A third-seeded player was knocked out when seventh seed Teymuraz Gabashvili - who caused a shock when beating David Ferrer at the Barcelona Open last week - bowed out 6-3, 7-5 to world number 76 Lukasz Kubot.

Top seed Tomas Berdych’s second-round match will be the pick of the action on Wednesday, as he faces Indian Somdev Devvarman, who beat Australian Matthew Ebden 6-2, 6-3 to set up the clash with the Czech.

The world number six was given a bye through the first round and will be playing his first match at the tournament since 2005, when he lost in the first round to fellow Czech Michael Tabara.

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