Top-seeded players eliminated at Emilia-Romagna Open

May 26, 2021 GMT
France's Benoit Paire returns the ball to Spain's Jaume Munar during their match at the Emilia Romagna Open tennis tournament, in Parma, Italy, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Felice Calabro')
France's Benoit Paire returns the ball to Spain's Jaume Munar during their match at the Emilia Romagna Open tennis tournament, in Parma, Italy, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Felice Calabro')
France's Benoit Paire returns the ball to Spain's Jaume Munar during their match at the Emilia Romagna Open tennis tournament, in Parma, Italy, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Felice Calabro')
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France's Benoit Paire returns the ball to Spain's Jaume Munar during their match at the Emilia Romagna Open tennis tournament, in Parma, Italy, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Felice Calabro')
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France's Benoit Paire returns the ball to Spain's Jaume Munar during their match at the Emilia Romagna Open tennis tournament, in Parma, Italy, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Felice Calabro')

PARMA, Italy (AP) — The three highest-seeded players were all eliminated in the second round of the Emilia-Romagna Open on Wednesday.

Home favorite and top-seeded Lorenzo Sonego lost 6-1, 7-5 to 20-year-old American Sebastian Korda, who is ranked 63rd in the world.

Second-seeded Benoit Paire retired after complaining of a sore throat while losing 7-5, 3-1 against the 80th-ranked Jaume Munar and Norbert Gombos won 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2 against No. 3 Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Fourth-seeded Jan-Lennard Struff also struggled before beating wild-card entry Flavio Cobolli 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (2).

Korda will face eighth-seeded Yoshihito Nishioka in the quarterfinals after the Japanese player eased past Lorenzo Musetti 6-3, 6-2.

The only Italian left in the draw in Parma is Marco Cecchinato after he beat seventh-seeded Aljaz Bedene 7-5, 6-2. He next faces Gombos.

Sixth-seeded American Tommy Paul is also through to the final eight after rallying to beat Jiri Vesely 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-3.

Fifth-seeded Richard Gasquet outlasted qualifier Pedro Martinez 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

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