Italian veteran Paolo Lorenzi recorded his 100th career singles win as he made no mistake in his Istanbul opener against home-crowd favorite Cem Ilkel.
It was a special day for Paolo Lorenzi who earns a milestone win at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open. 36-year-old Italian destroyed the hopes of Turkish youngster Cem Ilkel in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to score his 100th singles tour-level win.
Despite getting broken earlier in the first set Lorenzi racked up six games in a row for 6-2. No. 5 seed made a strong start into the second set racing to a 4-1 lead. Ilkel then tried to come back, making it 4-3, but Lorenzi answered with another break before closing out the match on his serve.
En route to his 100th win in 66 minutes, Lorenzi won 83 percent of his first serve points to end his seven matches losing streak. He will next face Argentine’s Marco Trungelliti who knocked out Elias Ymer from a set down 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the battle of qualifiers.
In the last game of the day, Japanese Taro Daniel overcame Matteo Berrettini 7-5, 6-3 in 1 hour 35 minutes. World number 114 Daniel will face 4th seed Aljaz Bedene in the second round.