It was another packed (even more matches than yesterday) day in Nottingham, with 16 second round encounters and some interesting battles all over the place. Out of the Top 10 seeds, 8 made through to the last 16, with Joao Sousa and Pablo Carreno Busta leaving the tournament earlier than they were hoping.
First seed, Kevin Anderson, had to work hard against Ivan Dodig but in the end, he finished the match in 3 sets, defeating the Croat 6-3 6-7 6-3. Anderson fired 21 aces and faced no break points, stealing Dodig's serve once in the first and third sets.
Ivan gave his best to stay in touch and he was neck and neck with his rival in the first 7 games, losing his serve at 15 in game 8 and Anderson won the set with his serve in the game after. Dodig made a deuce or 30-30 on return in 4 games, but he just lacked that final push to create a break point.
Croat's main problem was his second serve, and he improved in that segment in the second set to keep his serves safe and reach a tie break. Ivan made a mini-break in 6th point to go 4-2 up, but he needed another one to grab it 7-5 and force a third set.
In a repeat of the first set, Kevin broke his rival in game 8 and he finished the match with a love service game to advance to the next round. Steve Johnson is having a rather quiet season so far, coming to Nottingham with just 8 ATP wins, 2 of them scored last week at Queen's.
He is in the quest for another good result on grass after commanding 6-2 6-2 win against John Millman in 61 minutes. Johnson landed 10 aces and faced no break points, losing just 9 points in his service games. On the other hand, he won 50% of the return points, which was more than enough for an easy triumph.
We saw 2 identical sets, with Johnson making breaks in games 3 and 7 in both sets, while Millman reached only 1 deuce on return. Frenchman Adrian Mannarino has also booked his place in the last 16 with 6-2 6-2 win over Paolo Lorenzi, in 63 minutes of play.
The winner of this match was never in doubt, as Mannarino showed who is a much better grass court player. Just like Johnson, he lost only 9 points in his games and had a much success on return, breaking Lorenzi 4 times from 8 opportunities.
Italian veteran had no weapons to make some damage on return, never reaching deuce in Mananrino's games, and he had the worst possible start, losing his first two service games, which is never a good sign, especially on grass.
Adrian wasted no time on the court in the second set as well, breaking in the 3rd and 7th games, to crush his rival's resistance in style. Sam Querrey has opened the grass season with a solid semi-final run in s'Hertogenbosch, but he failed to Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round last week at Queen's, in a 3-tie breaks thriller.
Today, he defeated fellow American Ernesto Escobedo, a teenager who scored his first ATP win 24 hours ago, and Sam used his experience to take the match 6-4 6-4 in just 58 minutes, with one break in each of the sets.
Sam fired 15 aces and lost just 2 points behind his first serve, but it all came down to break points realization, as both players had 3 of them. Querrey saved them all and Escobedo just 1, which cost him the better result in the end.
Older American made a perfect start, breaking his rival in the first game of the match to keep it until the end, having no troubles to keep his serve secured. In the second set, Sam had only one loose game, when he came back from 0-40 in game 6 with 5 straight points won, and he broke Ernesto in the very next game, as the teenager lost his focus after missing those rare opportunities in the previous game.
Querrey finished the match soon after that, with back-to-back love service game, staying in contention for a good result here, being one of the favorites to win the title. On the next page, full second round results... ALSO READ: Andy Murray: The End of a Comparison In one of the most expected matches of the second round, the 4th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov took down promising Brit Kyle Edmund 7-6 6-4.
The match lasted just 75 minutes, with fast and fluid tennis, especially in the second set. Dolgopolov, who is playing in his first tournament since Rome, has probably performed his best match of the season, losing 12 points on serve and not giving break chances to his rival.
Edmund had more aces and a better first serve percentage, but his second serve let him down, as Dolgopolov pushed him with deep returns every time he would miss the first. Exactly that happened in game 5 when Dolgopolov broke him to take a 3-2 lead which eventually gave him the opening set.
Kyle lost all 5 points behind his second serve, otherwise, he was on pretty much the same level with his rival, with 4 solid holds. The second set was rapid fast, with no deuces or any glimpse of a break point in 12 games, to reach a tie break, as Edmund played much better on his second serve.
Dolgopolov made a mini break in the 5th point, building a 5-2 lead before Edmund saved a match point and came close to 5-6 with his mini-break. Nevertheless, the match was over after the next point, with the second mini-break for the Ukrainian, who took the tie break 7-5 and managed to finish the match in straight sets.
Second round results: Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs Ivan Dodig (CRO) 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) 6-1 4-6 6-3
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) vs Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 6-1 6-4
Steve Johnson (USA) vs John Millman (AUS) 6-2 6-2
Dudi Sela (ISR) vs Joao Sousa (POR) 6-3 7-6(3)
Benjamin Becker (GER) vs Guido Pella (ARG) 3-6 6-1 6-3
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 6-2 6-2
Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs Malek Jaziri (TUN) 7-5 6-3
Gilles Muller (LUX) vs Jiri Vesely (CZE) 7-6(2) 6-2
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 6-1 6-4
[Q]Frank Dancevic (CAN) vs Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 4-6 7-6(4) 7-6(2)
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs Kyle Edmund (GBR) 6-4 7-6(5)
Sam Querrey (USA) vs [Q]Ernesto Escobedo (USA) 6-4 6-4
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 7-5 6-2
Daniel Evans (GBR) vs Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 2-6 7-6(3) 6-2
Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs [Q]Stephane Robert (FRA) 6-4 7-6(3) .