PARIS Ė Spainís Fernando Verdasco beat Russiaís Andrey Rublev 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6) in the first round of the Rolex Paris Masters on Tuesday.
The Spanish veteran, the world No. 39, knocked off his Russian rival in one hour and 50 minutes.
The 33-year-old Verdasco saved a set point in the first set and managed to convert his fifth match point in the second set to secure the victory over the Russian world No. 35.
Verdasco, who was a finalist in Dubai this year, will face big-serving South African Kevin Anderson, the No. 12 seed, in the second round.
The Paris Masters is one of nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, which are the biggest tournaments on the menís tennis calendar after the four Grand Slams and the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.