The Boodles: Nick Kyrgios, Juan Martin del Potro win openers


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The Boodles: Nick Kyrgios, Juan Martin del Potro win openers

Australian rising star Nick Kyrgios has kicked off his campaign at The Boodles in style as he beat big-serving Sam Querrey 6-4 7-6 (7). The 23-year-old broke Querrey in the fifth game to take a 3-2 first set lead and then held on to his serve to seal the opener.

The second set went into a tie-break after a single break point wasn't seen during the set -- Querrey saved two match points before Kyrgios converted his third match point to seal the win in straight sets. 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro was on the brink of a defeat but managed to edge rising star Taylor Fritz 6-4 4-6 15-13.

Fritz broke del Potro in the eighth game of the first set to get one break back and reduce the deficit to 5-3 but the Argentine served out for the opener in the 10th game. The American blew an early second set break but broke the Argentine in the 10th game once again to clinch the set and force a decider.

Fritz kicked off the match tie-break with a comfortable 5-0 lead -- was also 9-7 up -- but failed to convert his chances and eventually lost the match. Del Potro saved a total of four match points in just less than an hour and a half of action.

Meanwhile, world No. 175 Liam Broady has captured his second win at The Boodles as he beat Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-5 4-6 10-2. Stakhovsky failed to serve out for the first set in the 10th game of the opener but won the second set to for a decider.

Briton Broady, who beat Benoit Paire on Tuesday, got off to a 5-0 match tie-break lead and routinely closed out the match. In the last match of the day, Tunisian Malek Jaziri beat 2016 Wimbledon sensation Marcus Willis 6-4 6-7 (1) 10-6.

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