The 22-year-old Daniil Medvedev has scored his 14th win of the season and the first after five straight losses, toppling Yuki Bhambri 6-4 6-1 in an hour and four minutes for the place in the second round. It was their first meeting on the Tour and the Russian had a clear edge on the court, dropping 11 points in eight service games to fend off the only break point he faced and keep the pressure on the Indian.
Yuki never found his range and he lost almost 50% of the points in his games, playing against six break points and losing serve four times, fading from the court after a solid resistance in set number one. After four good holds on each side Daniil earned a break at love in game five to create the lead, and he saved a break point with a backhand winner in the following game to cement the advantage and move 4-2 ahead.
A forehand winner in game 10 gave Medvedev a set point and the first set was in his hands when Yuki sent a forehand long in the following point. Bhambri received a treatment on his right knee during the break and he lost his serve in the third game when his forehand found the net.
The Indian's movement was reduced and he missed another forehand in game five to fall 4-1 behind, serving to stay in the match two games later. Daniil earned another break with a forehand winner to clinch a much-needed win, the first in almost two months.
The 7th seed Yuichi Sugita is still ranked in the Top 60 despite the fact he lost the last nine matches on the Tour since Dubai, and he opened his grass court season with a solid 6-3 6-2 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili in exactly an hour. The Japanese did everything right on the court, serving at 71% and dropping only 12 points on serve to fend off all three break points he faced.
His return game was also on a high level, creating seven break points and scoring three breaks to race into the second round. Sugita found the rhythm on serve right on and he converted his fourth break point since the start of the match in game eight to move 5-3 ahead, taking the set after another good hold in game nine.
Yuichi opened the second set with a break and he confirmed the lead after saving three break points in game two, never facing troubles on serve again. He won 12 of the last 14 points to close the match in style, breaking Nikoloz in game seven and bringing the encounter home with a hold a few minutes later. First round results: