In another day plagued by rain at the Wake Forest University Tennis Complex, the 3rd seed Kyle Edmund has made the winning start following a commanding 6-3 6-3 win over Leonardo Mayer in 72 minutes. It was a great serving display from the Briton, losing 10 points on serve and never facing a break point, keeping all the pressure on the other side of the net.
The Argentinian struggled on his second serve and he lost serve three times from five opportunities he gave to Edmund, unable to match rival's pace or to move him from his forehand. Kyle moved in front with a forehand winner in game three and he held at love in the following game to move 3-1 ahead.
Both players served well until the ninth game when Leonardo wasted two game points to get broken again, handing the set to his rival after 34 minutes when he netted a forehand. The rain started to fall and it halted the action for almost an hour and a half, with Edmund being the more focused player when they returned, earning a break in game two after a forehand error from Mayer who was now a set and a break down.
Three service winners pushed Kyle 3-0 up and he had a match point on the return at 5-2. Leonardo saved it with a forehand winner but that was all we saw from him, as Edmund sealed the deal with three service winners in game nine to book his place in the last 16.
In the battle of the players born in 1997 and a former Roland Garros junior finalists, Jaume Munar has defeated the 11th seed Andrey Rublev 6-3 6-2 in exactly an hour! It was a great performance from the Spaniard who lost 15 points in nine service games, fending off the only break point he faced and converting three out of four break points he earned to control the scoreboard all the time.
Andrey's first serve worked like a charm but the problem was he landed only 37% of it in, hitting seven double faults and losing the ground in the pivotal points to end his run in the first match. The Russian was there to fight in the opening set while his first serve percentage stayed on at least a decent level, holding with ease just like Munar in the first seven games but getting broken in game eight after wasting four game points.
Jaume closed the set with a hold at love in game nine and he saved that only break point at the start of the second set to keep his serve intact. Andrey served at only 10% in the second set and there was no way he could stay in touch with his rival for too long, losing serve in games three and seven and allowing Munar to seal the deal with a hold at 15 in game eight. Second round results: