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Wild card Alexander Shevchenko of Russia defeated Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Astana Open on Wednesday in Kazakhstan.
Serbia's Hamad Medjedovic, another wild-card entry, was leading countryman and No. 7 seed Laslo Djere 6-3, 2-1 when Djere was forced to retire.
Nuno Borges of Portugal rallied for a 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-4 victory against wild card and home favorite Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.
Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands is the ATP 250 event's No. 1 seed. Novak Djokovic of Serbia is the defending champion but is not in this year's field.
--Field Level Media