Australian Nick Kyrgios gave a successful comeback after nearly two months of an injury related break. The 23-year old Australian beat German hopeful Maximilian Marterer in their first match on the ATP tour in three sets, thus marking a positive return to the tour. Kyrgios had played his last match on April 13 against Karlovic in Houston before an elbow injury forced him to sit out until now.
The long break in competitive tennis didn’t much figure into the first set, as both players were able to hold their serve until Kyrgios pounded on his chance to break Marterer’s serve in the final game of the set to take it 6-4. Things went exactly the other way in the second, with Marterer winning 6-4. In the third set, the Australian showed glimpses of his world class skill, breaking Marterer to take a 4-2 lead, never looking back. In the end, Kyrgios won 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the quarter finals.
Kyrgios, however, wasn’t satisfied with his game: “To be honest, I played really awful today. I was lucky to rely on a good service which kept me in the game.”
In Tomas Berdych (CZE/3) another seeded player advanced to the quarter finals. Berdych beat Frenchman Benoit Parie 7-6(3), 6-4, prolonging his streak against Paire to 3-0.
No. 7 seeded Milos Raonic from Canada faced even less problems, beating Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-2, 6-4.
No. 8 seed Feliciano Lopez from Spain met Frenchman Gilles Simon in the first match on the Centre Court on Thursday. Lopez started out slow, having his serve broken early. But the Spaniard slowly battled his way back into the match and forced a tie-break to decide the first, where he kept the upper hand. The second set started off with yet another moment of shock, though this time of a different kind, as Lopez hit himself with his racket on the knee. Lopez had to be looked after on the court but was able to keep on playing. He even managed to quite easily take the set and thus the match 7-6(6), 6-3.
The Indian fairy tale in Stuttgart has come to an abrupt end: Guido Pella from Argentina eliminated qualifier Prajnesh Gunneswaran from India in the second round 7-6(4), 6-3. Gunneswaran had successfully battled his way through qualification and then ousted Canadian shooting star Denis Shapovalov in the first round in three sets. Pella, on the other hand, can now look forward to a match-up with Roger Federer in the MercedesCup’s quarter finals.