Nishikori and Thiem victorious in Halle

Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem returned to action for the first time since Roland Garros with first-round victories at the Halle Open on Monday.

Nishikori, who made it to the round of 16 in Paris, defeated World No 159 Matthias Bachinger 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) in his first grass court appearance of the season.

Thiem, who has had little more than a week to recover from his disappointment in the French Open final against Rafa Nadal, made his grass court debut with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 victory over Mikhail Youzhny.

Nishikori moves on to face either Mischa Zverev or Karen Khachanov in round two, while Thiem will take on Japan’s Yuichi Sugita, who beat Maximilian Marterer 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

Top seed and World No 1 Roger Federer, fresh from his victory in Stuttgart, begins his bid for a 10th title in Halle on Tuesday.

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