Laslo Djere snapped a four-match losing streak Monday at the Astana Open as he moved past Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to reach the second round in Nur-Sultan.
The seventh seed was making his debut at the ATP 250 event and had to battle against Galan, recovering from a
Novak Djokovic earned his first ATP Rankings points in July 2003. At the time, there were only two Serbians – Janko Tipsarevic (No. 147) and Boris Pashanski (No. 254) – in the Top 300 of the ATP Rankings.
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Laslo Djere saved one match point on Wednesday at the Mutua Madrid Open to deny Juan Martin del Potro a winning return to the ATP Tour after a two-and-a-half month absence.
Djere completed a 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 victory over two hours and 23 minutes to advance to the third round