Top seeds Thiem and Fognini upset at Rio Open

              Austria's Dominic Thiem returns the ball to Serbia's Laslo Djere at the Rio Open tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Top seeds Dominic Thiem of Austria, and Italy’s Fabio Fognini and Marco Cecchinato were ousted in the first round of the Rio Open clay-court tournament on Tuesday.

No. 1-seeded Thiem lost to Serbia’s Laslo Dere 6-3, 6-3, while the second-seeded Fognini was defeated by Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime 6-2, 6-3. Third-seeded Cecchinato, who won the Argentina Open on Sunday, was also eliminated by Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 7-5, 7-6 (1).

Fifth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal defeated Argentina’s Guido Pella 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Dusan Lajovic, the No. 6 seed, lost to Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-2, 6-1.

Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, who is the fourth seed and defending champion, had his match suspended by rain.