ATP Eastbourne: Pospisil beats Vesely. Wins for Young, Donaldson and Tomic

Tennis - Robin Haase defeated Nicolas Mahut while Kevin Anderson eases past Thomaz Bellucci

by Jovica Ilic
ATP Eastbourne: Pospisil beats Vesely. Wins for Young, Donaldson and Tomic

s-Hertogenbosch quarter-finalist, Vasek Pospisil, qualified for his third ATP event in a row in Eastbourne and he earned a 6-3 6-4 triumph in the first round against Jiri Vesely. Canadian was very solid on his serve, fending off all 4 break points to remain unbroken, and he broke Jiri once in each set to reach the second round where he will face Novak Djokovic.

Vasek saved two break points in the initial game of the match and he took control with a break at love in game 4, enough to get him through the opener by 6-3. The third game of the second set turned out to be the longest of the match, Vesely repelled 3 break points but he fell on 4th, having to chase the result in the rest of the match, unable to pull the break back.

Pospisil survived a tough game 4, saving two break points to serve well in the remaining games for an important win.
Kevin Anderson had an easy day in the office, requiring only 62 minutes to oust Thomaz Bellucci 6-3 6-1. South African served great, untouchable on his first serve and without any troubles in his games, keeping the pressure on his rival, who failed to deliver the similar numbers after his initial shot.

Thomaz lost exactly 50% of the points on his serve and he dropped serve 4 times from 9 chances Kevin created. 14 out of the first 17 points went to Anderson, and that 3-0 lead was all he needed to take the opener 6-3. Bellucci's game fell apart in set number 2, he lost 6 games in a row as nothing worked for him, including his serve which caused no troubles to Kevin what so ever, as he broke him in games 3, 5 and 7 to close the match in a strong fashion.

In one of the most expected matches of the first round, Donald Young took down a home star Kyle Edmund by 6-4 3-6 6-3 in just under 2 hours. Edmund won more points on both serve and return, but he failed to keep the break he had early on in the decider, losing the last 4 games of the match to end on the losing side.

Young was focused in the crucial points, saving 6 out of 8 break points to limit the damage on his serve, and he broke Kyle on 3 occasions to advance to the next round. Edmund was a much better player in the first 8 games, losing just 2 points on serve in the opening 4 service games, but he wasted 4 break points in that part of the match, that could bring him the opener.

Donald punished him in game 9, breaking at 15 to take a 5-4 lead, and he notched the set on own serve in the following game. In the second set, Edmund was still pushing strong on serve and this time he allowed no loose service games, keeping the pressure on his rival and scoring a break in game 4 to take the set 6-3 and force a decider.

Young Briton saved 3 break points in game 4 to take the lead in the next game, but it was a short-lived, as Young broke back immediately, leveling the score at 3-3. That sent the momentum to the American's side, who broke again in game 8 and seal the deal in the following game on his serve. First round results:


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