The 6th seed Sam Querrey is safely through to the second round after a 6-3 6-4 triumph over young German qualifier Daniel Altmaier in an hour and 19 minutes. Sam played great last week in Rome, he had 3 match points against Dominic Thiem for the place in the quarter-final, and he continued in the same rhythm in Geneva as well, saving all 3 break points and stealing rival's serve once in each set for a safe win. Altmaier, ranked 259th, made his debut on the ATP Tour and he fought well, saving 9 out of 11 break points, but he wasn't able to reach the tie break in at least one set.
The first set was decided by one break, though both players had their chances. Daniel saved 3 break points in his opening service game, staying in touch in the first part of the set, but Sam got the needed break in game 6 when Altmaier hit the backhand long.
German fends off another break point in game 8 and he got a chance to get back on the scoreboard in game 9 when Sam served for the set. Querrey had to fight off two break points in that game (youngster had a great chance to convert the first one) and he sealed the set with two service winners.
Altmaier managed to repel 3 break points at the start of the second set and he stayed on the level terms with much better-ranked rival until 4-4. In that game, Sam broke at 15 with a backhand winner and he brought the match home with an ace to reach the last 16.
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