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Federer To Return In Stuttgart

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 11:13am

Roger Federer announced on Wednesday that he will return to ATP World Tour action at the Mercedes Cup, held 11-17 June.

The 36-year-old will appear in Stuttgart for the third time in his career, after falling in the first round in 2017 (l. to Haas) and reaching the semi-finals in 2016 (l. to Thiem). Federer won two titles on grass in 2017 (Halle, Wimbledon) and will be bidding for an 18th title on the surface in Stuttgart, which will mark the beginning of his grass-court schedule leading towards The Championships at Wimbledon.

Federer shared the news with more than 15 million fans on Facebook on Wednesday morning. “Excited to announce that I will be coming back to Germany for the Mercedes Cup in June,” said Federer. “Looking forward to seeing you at the grass courts in Stuttgart!”

The Swiss star holds a 164-24 FedEx ATP Win/Loss Record on grass, winning 87.2 per cent of matches on the surface. Federer will be joined in Stuttgart by defending champion Lucas Pouille, Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic and reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion Hyeon Chung.

Following on from Stuttgart, Federer will travel to Halle in search of a record 10th title at the Gerry Weber Open, having triumphed for a ninth time at the event in 2017 (d. Zverev).

Edmund Books Spot In Estoril QFs

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 11:09am

Kyle Edmund booked his place in a fourth tour-level quarter-final of the year on Wednesday at the Millennium Estoril Open. The third-seeded Briton proved to be too strong for 19-year-old Australian wild card Alex de Minaur 6-2, 7-5 in one hour and 37 minutes.

De Minaur worked his way back from a 2-4 deficit in the second set, but had his serve broken in the 11th game when he hit a backhand slice wide at 15/40. Edmund calmly closed out to love for his 12th match win of 2018, which includes a runner-up finish at the Grand Prix Hassan II (l. to Andujar) and an Australian Open semi-final exit (l. to Cilic).

He awaits the winner of an all-Portuguese clash between Joao Sousa and wild card Pedro Sousa.

Later today, fourth seed and last year's runner-up Gilles Muller faces #NextGenATP American Frances Tiafoe, and Argentina's Federico Delbonis challenges qualifier Simone Bolelli of Italy.

Djere Upsets Seppi; Seeds Fall In Istanbul

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 9:23am

Serbia’s Laslo Djere reached the BMW Open by FWU quarter-finals for the second successive year on Wednesday, defeating third-seeded Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3 in two hours and 16 minutes.

Djere trailed by two breaks of serve in the first set, before securing six straight games to take a one-set lead. The Italian levelled the match, winning a tight second set, but Djere regained control with a crucial break of serve in the eighth game of the decider. The World No. 110 entered Istanbul on a 10-match losing streak, with his last win coming in the opening week of the season at the Tata Open Maharashtra against Marius Copil.

Djere will meet qualifier Marco Trungelliti or fifth seed Paolo Lorenzi for a place in the semi-finals.

Like Seppi, fourth seed Aljaz Bedene also crashed out at the second-round stage after reaching the semi-finals in Budapest last week.

Japan’s Taro Daniel dropped just four games to beat the Bedene 6-2, 6-2. The 25-year-old broke his Slovenian opponent on four occasions, winning 68 per cent of second-serve return points throughout the 80-minute contest. Daniel progresses to the quarter-finals where he will meet Rogerio Dutra Silva. The Brazilian stunned sixth seed Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-3.

Did You Know?
Andreas Seppi and Aljaz Bedene both reached the Gazprom Hungarian Open semi-finals last week. Seppi and Bedene both led by a set in their semi-final encounters before losing in three sets to eventual champion Marco Cecchinato and Australia’s John Millman respectively.

Wedding Bells Fuel Defending Champ Cilic In Istanbul

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 6:25pm

Marin Cilic makes his return to the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open this week with fond memories to fuel his campaign, not least from having won the title in 2017 as a wild card. It marks the 29-year-old’s first tournament as a married man.

It was only last weekend the Croatian wed his long-time girlfriend Kristina Milkovic in a ceremony in Dubrovnik. Now he sets about re-igniting his season at the same tournament which kick-started an impressive 2017.

“It was not easy to find a date [for the wedding],” Cilic said. “I said after the wedding, 'OK I’m going to Istanbul, I’m going to go on my own.' She said, 'You can’t go alone for the first week [of married life].' So she was coming. 

“[Kristina] is always great support, standing by my side. That is something that has given me a lot of strength and inner peace. So for here, we’ll see… whether I’ll have more strength, more motivation, hopefully yes.”

After reaching the Australian Open final in January, where he fell to Roger Federer in five sets, Cilic rose to a career-high No. 3 in the ATP Rankings. The Croatian has made no secret of it since he holds high hopes of ascending to the top.

“Yes, my ultimate goal is to reach No. 1,” Cilic said. “I feel at the moment I’m in a great position. I started the year with a nicely played final at the Australian Open, played the final at Wimbledon last year, also. This gives me the confidence that I know I have those abilities to be in the Top 5 in the world. That’s the goal for this year, to stay in the Top 5 and, also, to win another Grand Slam. 

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“I know that it’s also very challenging. The competition is very strong, and also very demanding. It’s not easy to keep your focus, your level of play for every single tournament. Roger and Rafa are showing they are playing to win every single tournament. I’m working for that every single day and hopefully I’ll make it.”

Cilic is back in Istanbul as the top seed. He did not drop a set on his way to the title last season, with victories over this year’s No. 2 seed Damir Dzumhur, last year’s top seed Milos Raonic and 2016 champion Diego Schwartzman. Victory ensured he had won an ATP World Tour title for 10 straight seasons. He opens his 2018 campaign against Tunisian Malek Jaziri on Thursday.

“If we go back this time last year, Istanbul was [the start of] my great form that I built up at the French Open [Roland Garros] and later to Wimbledon,” Cilic said. “Even though clay and grass are very different, if you are playing well on clay it gives you that good confidence for Wimbledon and for grass tennis. So that’s also one of my goals this year, to keep that good form, to try to play well here and to continue to have good tournaments until the French Open and beyond.” 

Highlights: Hewitt Makes Successful Return In Doubles, Advances At Estoril

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 4:41pm
Watch highlights as Lleyton Hewitt returns to join forces with fellow Australian Alex de Minaur to eliminate Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus at the Millennium Estoril Open on Tuesday. In a battle between qualifiers, Simone Bolelli emerges victorious against home favourite Joao Domingues, while Joao Sousa and Stefanos Tsitsipas also secure wins. Video courtesy of Millennium Estoril Open.

Cecchinato Converts On Match Point To Oust Fognini

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 2:57pm
Watch as Marco Cecchinato serves out the match to complete his comeback from a set down against Fabio Fognini in the first round at the BMW Open by FWU on Tuesday.

Basic Blasts Overhead Winner To Seal Victory

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 2:35pm
Watch as Mirza Basic ends his first-round match in style by slamming an overhead winner to defeat seventh seed Gael Monfils, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to advance at the BMW Open by FWU on Tuesday. Video courtesy of BMW Open by FWU.

Sousa Scores First Win In Estoril

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 2:18pm

Portugal’s Joao Sousa secured his first win in four visits to the Millennium Estoril Open on Tuesday, defeating eighth seed Daniil Medvedev 7-6(1), 7-5.

The World No. 68 recovered from a break down in the first set, before reeling off six consecutive points from 1/1 in the tie-break to establish a one-set lead. Once more, the Guimaraes-born star encountered similar issues early in the second set. Sousa fought back from behind twice, before breaking for a 6-5 lead in the 11th game and comfortably serving out the win. The 29-year-old has now won 11 of his past 15 tour-level matches, which includes a run to the Grand Prix Hassan II semi-finals (l. to Andujar). Sousa will meet Portuguese wild card Pedro Sousa for a position in the quarter-finals.

Federico Delbonis also produced an upset in Estoril, beating fifth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 6-4 in 85 minutes. The 27-year-old won 65 per cent of second-serve return points (17/26) and broke the Spaniard on six occasions to set a meeting with Simone Bolelli. The Italian saw off the challenge of home qualifier Joao Domingues 6-3, 6-2.

#NextGenATP star Stefanos Tsitsipas continued his fine form, defeating Grand Prix Hassan II champion Pablo Andujar 7-6(2), 6-3. The 19-year-old, who became the first Greek in history to rank inside the Top 50 of the ATP Rankings on Monday, traded breaks with the Spaniard early in the first set before dominating a crucial tie-break to secure a lead. The Barcelona Open finalist was clinical from that moment onwards, dropping just five points on serve and converting both his break point opportunities to move into the second round.

Chile's Nicolas Jarry saved six match points to upset Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-4. Mayer led by a set and 6-5 (40/0) before Jarry battled back, saving four match points to break and a further two in the tie-break, to force a decider. The 22-year-old held his nerve in the third set, saving three break points to reach 3-3 before breaking in the ninth game and serving out the match.

Ecuador Open champion Roberto Carballes Baena took one hour and 37 minutes to get past American Bjorn Fratangelo 7-6(1), 6-3. The 25-year-old recovered from 0-4 down in the opening set and saved two set points at 5-6 before dominating the tie-break and comfortably securing the second set. Carballes Baena will meet Cameron Norrie in the next round. The Brit defeated sixth seed Robin Haase 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Argentina’s Nicolas Kicker set up a second-round encounter with defending champion and second seed Pablo Carreno Busta, after beating qualifier Tim Smyczek 6-2, 6-2. The World No. 93 saved all five break points he faced to advance after just 67 minutes.

Did You Know?
Defending champion Pablo Carreno Busta holds an 11-2 record at the Millennium Estoril Open. The Spaniard has improved his result at the event in each of the past three editions, having reached the semi-finals in 2015 (l. to Kyrgios) and the 2016 final (l. to Almagro), before lifting the trophy 12 months ago (d. Muller).

Hewitt Makes Winning Return Alongside De Minaur

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:55pm

Lleyton Hewitt made a winning start to his latest return to the ATP World Tour at the Millennium Estoril Open on Tuesday.

The former World No. 1, alongside countryman Alex de Minaur, defeated second seeds Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals in Portugal. Hewitt is appearing for the third time in doubles action this season, after appearances at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp and the Australian Open.

Hewitt and De Minaur conceded just three points behind their first serves in the first set and converted their only break point of the second set to clinch victory in 66 minutes.

The Aussie duo will face Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie for a place in the semi-finals. Edmund and Norrie defeated Argentina’s Federico Delbonis and Nicolas Kicker 6-4, 6-0 on Monday.

Top Seeds Survive In Munich
Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo were forced into a Match Tie-break before eventually overcoming Argentina’s Maximo Gonzalez and Diego Schwartzman 7-6(3), 3-6, 10-4 at the BMU Open by FWU.

Melo and Kubot won 77 per cent of return points in the first set, but were taken to a decider after conceding the only break of the second set. The top seeds rediscovered their returning powers in the Match Tie-break however, winning five of their seven return points to book a last eight clash with Mirza Basic and Marton Fucsovics.

Ivan Dodig and Rajeev Ram also needed a Match Tie-break to reach the quarter-finals. The second seeds came from a set down to defeat Fabrice Martin and Purav Raja 5-7, 6-2, 10-6 in 89 minutes. Dodig and Ram won 83 per cent of first-serve points throughout the tense first-round match.

Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya defeated Munich residents Matthias Bachinger and Yannick Hanfmann 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals. The No. 3 seeds converted six of their nine break point chances to set up a meeting with a second all-German pairing in as many rounds; Kevin Krawietz and Maximilian Marterer.

Matkowski/Sharan Safely Through
Second seeds Marcin Matkowski and Divij Sharan defeated Radu Albot and Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-5, 6-3 to move into the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open quarter-finals. The Polish-Indian duo twice failed to consolidate breaks of serve in the opening set before eventually taking a one-set lead with a third break in the 12th game. The second set proved a much tighter affair, with a single break of serve in the eighth game for Matkowski and Sharan proving the difference.

Romain Arneodo and Hugo Nys defeated third seeds Hans Podlipnik-Castillo and Andrei Vasilevski 6-2, 6-4. The duo broke Podlipnik-Castillo and Vasilevski on four occasions to book its place in the quarter-finals after only 63 minutes.

Open Sud de France champions Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski also advanced in Turkey, recovering from an early break down in the first set to beat Cem Ilkel and Bernard Tomic 7-5, 6-1.

Did You Know?
All three of Lleyton Hewitt’s ATP World Tour doubles titles were won in the United States. The Australian lifted the 2000 US Open (w/Mirnyi) and Indianapolis (w/Stolle) titles before his most recent success at the 2014 Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open (w/Guccione).

Kohlschreiber Wins Munich Opener; Fognini, Monfils Beaten

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:45am

Four Germans, led by three-time former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber, delighted Munich fans with first-round victories on Tuesday at the BMW Open by FWU.

Sixth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber was solid on serve and withstood 15 aces from Ivo Karlovic of Croatia for a 7-5, 6-4 victory in 76 minutes. The three-time former champion — 2007 (d. Youzhny), 2012 (d. Cilic) and 2016 (d. Thiem) — won 83 per cent of his first-service points against 39-year-old Karlovic and now challenges fellow German Mischa Zverev, who beat Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria 6-4, 6-3 in 72 minutes.

Jan-Lennard Struff knocked out compatriot and qualifier Daniel Masur 7-6(1), 6-4 in 87 minutes for a clash against another German, Yannick Maden.

Maden saved two match points at 7/8 and 8/9 in the second set tie-break to defeat eighth seed Yuichi Sugita of Japan 4-6, 7-6(9), 6-2 in two hours and 54 minutes. Maden needed seven set points to clinch the second set.

Two days after capturing his first ATP World Tour title as a lucky loser at the Gazprom Hungarian Open, Marco Cecchinato beat fellow Italian Fabio Fognini for the first time in their third FedEx ATP Head2Head series. Cecchinato, who is at a career-high No. 59 in the ATP Rankings this week, saw his 3-0 lead evaporate in the first set, but recovered to win 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 50 minutes.

Elsewhere, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Mirza Basic knocked out seventh seed Gael Monfils of France 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in one hour and 37 minutes. World No. 90 Basic, winner at the Diema Xtra Sofia Open (d. Copil) in February, won 12 of the first 15 points in the deciding set. He will next play Slovakia’s Martin Klizan, the 2014 champion.

Did You Know?

Six different Germans have won the Munich crown since 1974, including Jurgen Fassbender (1974), Rolf Gehring (1980), Michael Stich (1994), Kohlschreiber (2007, 2012, 2016), Tommy Haas (2013) and Alexander Zverev (2017).

Chardy Upsets Basilashvili In Istanbul

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:32am

France’s Jeremy Chardy began his first appearance at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open in style, defeating eighth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-5, 6-3 in 89 minutes on Tuesday.

“I am happy with my match today,” said Chardy. “I knew it would be a difficult match. [Basilashvili] is a really good player, really aggressive. I am happy with my level today, I played really solid from the beginning to the end.”

The Istanbul debutant converted five of his seven break point opportunities en route to victory against the World No. 75, who remains winless at the event after three appearances. Chardy will next face Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic, who dropped just four games in a 6-4, 6-0 win over Gazprom Hungarian Open finalist John Millman.

"Lajovic's favourite surface is clay,” said Chardy. “It will be a difficult match. If I continue to play like I played today, I will have a good chance to continue in the tournament."

Last year’s Istanbul doubles champion Jiri Vesely (w/Jebavy) booked his place in the second round in 64 minutes, beating 2015 quarter-finalist Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 6-1. Vesely won 95 per cent of second-serve return points (18/19) and hit eight aces in the first-round meeting. Vesely will face qualifier Thiago Monteiro for a spot in the quarter-finals. The Brazilian defeated Gerald Melzer of Austria 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in one hour and 42 minutes.

Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano dropped just two games to beat Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny 6-1, 6-1. The World No. 100 will next face second seed Damir Dzumhur. Rogerio Dutra Silva also booked a second-round clash with a seeded opponent, defeating Radu Albot 6-4, 6-4 to set a first meeting with sixth seed Viktor Troicki.

Did You Know?
In the three previous editions of the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open, five of the six finalists have held a Top 3 seeding. The only exception is 2016 champion Diego Schwartzman, who beat No. 2 seed Grigor Dimitrov to win the tournament unseeded.

ATP Rankings Update 30 April 2018

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 8:06am
See the latest ATP Rankings, as of 30 April 2018, following the conclusion of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and the Gazprom Hungarian Open in Budapest.

Uncovered: Behind The Scenes At Budapest 2018

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 8:05am
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes at the 2018 Gazprom Hungarian Open, featuring interviews with Lucas Pouille, Denis Shapovalov, and Tournament Director Attila Richter.

Inside The 2018 Estoril Player Party

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 5:02am
Watch as the stars of the 2018 Millennium Estoril Open enjoy the pre-tournament player party. Credit: Millennium Estoril Open.

Mayer & Medvedev Go Racing In Estoril

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 6:49pm
Watch Leonardo Mayer and Daniil Medvedev get taken on a wild ride — literally — on Monday with professional racecar driver Rafael Lobato thanks to Peugeot ahead of the Millennium Estoril Open. Photo and video courtesy of the Millennium Estoril Open.

On The Line: John McEnroe

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 5:48pm

It is no secret that John McEnroe is one of the best players in tennis history. The left-handed serve-and-volleyer reached the top of both the ATP Rankings and the ATP Doubles Rankings. He would win 77 tour-level titles during his career and record 877 wins (83 against the Top 10), and he is now a consistent force on the ATP Champions Tour.

But there is more to McEnroe than what you saw on the court — which the American described to ATPWorldTour.com as, "the good, the bad and the ugly". Want to learn more about one of the ATP World Tour's most recognisable figures? We caught up with him to find out about his favourite memories, whom he admires and more.

What was the last book you read?
Bruce Springsteen’s book [Born To Run].

What person outside of your family do you admire most?
It was [Nelson] Mandela, he passed away. I don’t know, that’s a tough call. Maybe in the sports world I admired what [Tom] Brady did for a while. As a guy that plays individual sports, seeing a guy make other people so much better, that’s pretty inspiring.

What was the last concert or show you saw?
The last concert I saw was probably my wife [Patty Smyth] singing with Billie Joel.

What’s your favourite sport outside of tennis to watch?
I like basketball the most. I think it’s the most fun and you see the athleticism. It’s a good game for tennis, too, to work on your tennis. I liked playing basketball when I was young and I like watching it now.

Your favourite moment in your career was...
My favourite moment would probably be that Wimbledon ‘80 final even though I lost it. That’s the one that people talk about the most so that’s the one that sticks out.

Your tennis career was a success because...
I think because I gave a lot of effort and people remember the good, the bad and the ugly.

In the future, you want to...
I want to be able to take a step back and be able to appreciate everything that I’ve been able to get from this sport and try to do something where I can take this sport in my own little way to another level.

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#NextGenATP Tiafoe Saves 3 MPs In Estoril

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 5:13pm

#NextGenATP American Frances Tiafoe was down and almost out of the Millennium Estoril Open on Monday against compatriot Tennys Sandgren. But the 20-year-old battled until the end, and it paid dividends. 

Tiafoe recovered from a 5/3 deficit in the second-set tie-break and saved three match points in the decider to beat Sandgren 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4) to advance to the second round in Portugal, setting a second-round clash against No. 4 seed Gilles Muller

The Delray Beach Open champion is now 3-0 this year in third-set tie-breaks (also def. Edmund and Berdych in Miami), and 3-0 at all levels against Sandgren when it comes to a final-set tie-break. He is now also 5-0 at all levels against the 26-year-old Tennessean — this was their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. 

After coming from a break down in the third set, Sandgren had all the momentum and earned two match points on Tiafoe's serve at 5-4. But Sandgren allowed Tiafoe to take all the risks in the crucial moments, missing a return long to let slip the first match point before his younger opponent played aggressively from the baseline on the second match point, finishing with a forehand drop volley. Later in the game, on match point No. 3, Tiafoe dangerously approached to the Houston finalist's backhand, but Sandgren sailed the passing shot just long. Tiafoe never trailed in the ensuing tie-break, clinching his triumph in two hours, 51 minutes.

Another #NextGenATP player in Aussie Alex de Minaur was also successful on Monday, earning the first tour-level clay-court victory of his career by defeating Portuguese home favourite Gastao Elias 6-3, 6-1.

It is the 19-year-old’s first tour-level win since he claimed his maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 triumph at the BNP Paribas Open in March. De Minaur continues his ascent after beginning the season 7-1 with a semi-final appearance in Brisbane and his first ATP World Tour final in Sydney. He also advanced to the championship match at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Alicante, Spain earlier this month, losing against Pablo Andujar, who would win the Grand Prix Hassan II trophy the following week.

The wild card saved all nine break points he faced against Elias, whose serve he broke four times to advance in one hour, 26 minutes. De Minaur, who is at a career-best No. 111 in the ATP Rankings, is nearing a breakthrough into the Top 100. Third seed Kyle Edmund, the British No. 1, awaits the teenager in the second round.

While Elias was unable to earn a win for the Portuguese crowd, wild card Pedro Sousa was. The home favourite eliminated former World No. 6 Gilles Simon 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4) in two hours, 45 minutes. Sousa was the aggressor throughout the match, finishing off his first Top 100 victory in an ATP World Tour match with a swinging volley.

Did You Know?
De Minaur is playing doubles in Estoril with former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt. They face second seeds Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus on Tuesday.

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Highlights: Tiafoe Saves 3 MPs, De Minaur Earns First Clay Win

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 5:04pm
Watch highlights as #NextGenATP American Frances Tiafoe escapes a third-set tie-break against compatriot Tennys Sandgren, #NextGenATP Aussie Alex de Minaur earns his first clay-court tour-level win and home favourite Pedro Sousa ousts Gilles Simon. Video and photo courtesy of Millennium Estoril Open.

Rafael Nadal 11 Barcelona Titles Tribute

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 2:22pm
One week after winning an 11th title in Monte-Carlo, Rafael Nadal claims a remarkable 11th title in Barcelona.

Former Champion Klizan Overcomes Mayer In Munich

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 1:47pm

Martin Klizan continued his strong run of form at the BMW Open by FWU on Monday, beating 2011 finalist Florian Mayer 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The 2014 champion (d. Fognini) converted six of his 15 break point opportunities en route to victory in a match lasting just over two hours. Klizan improves to 8-1 in the Bavarian capital and sends Mayer to his 10th consecutive loss at tour-level.

Klizan, who defeated Novak Djokovic in Barcelona and became the first man to win five games in a set against Rafael Nadal on clay since the 2017 Internazionali BNL d’Italia, will meet Mirza Basic or seventh seed Gael Monfils in the second round.

Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann scored his first win of the 2018 ATP World Tour season, defeating two-time Munich semi-finalist Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, 6-4. The 2017 quarter-finalist hit six aces and dropped just one point on his second serve (7/8) to advance to the second round after 59 minutes. The Munich resident will face top seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev for a place in the quarter-finals.

Matthias Bachinger also secured his first win of the season at his home event, defeating Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6(8), 3-6, 6-3. The Munich-born World No. 163 hit 10 aces in the two-hour, 42-minute win and will meet reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion Hyeon Chung in the second round.

Did You Know?
Martin Klizan has only lost one main-draw match at the BMW Open by FWU. Klizan won eight matches from qualifying on his main-draw debut in 2014 to win the title, before falling in the quarter-finals last year to Hyeon Chung.