Aslan Karatsev will headline Lyon

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Russian tennis star Aslan Karatsev has been confirmed for this year’s edition of an ATP event in Lyon, the tournament announced on Friday. Karatsev, ranked No. 22 in the world, is set to make his second appearance on the clay courts of Lyon.

Karatsev, 28, made his Lyon debut last year but failed to impress. However, it should be noted that Karatsev didn’t have much luck with the draw either, as he faced Jannik Sinner in the first round. Karatsev fought a fine battle against Sinner but the Italian escaped with a 0-6 6-3 6-4 win.

Karatsev hopes to do better in Lyon this year

Karatsev is likely to be one of the top-ranked players at Lyon this year and he could easily get a first-round bye. Moreover, Karatsev is likely to have a much more favorable draw at Lyon this year than last year.

The Lyon event takes place the week before Roland-Garros and for now Karatsev is focusing on the hard-court swing. Karatsev played in Dubai last week where he failed to impress. Karatsev, who won his first ATP title last year in Dubai, returned to the event hoping to win back-to-back titles.

Instead, Karatsev suffered a disappointing first-round loss to American Mackenzie McDonald. Karatsev didn’t have a good day at the office as McDonald’s took a routine 7-5 6-3 win. Karatsev saved a break point in game five but also blasted five break points in the following game.

Karatsev paid the price for blowing five break points in game six as McDonald broke the Russian in game 11 and served for the first set in the next game. After winning the first set, McDonald got off to a strong start in the second set, earning back-to-back breaks to open a 4-0 lead.

However, Karatsev refused to quit as he got a break and reduced the deficit to 4-3. Karatsev had a chance to level the set but failed to convert a break point in the eighth game. Karatsev then lost serve in the ninth game as McDonald picked up a comeback win.

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