July 17 – Former world No. 3 Dominic Thiem hit nine aces to beat France’s Alexandre Muller 6-1, 7-6 (4) in the first round of the EFG Swiss Open Gstaad in Switzerland on Monday.
The Austrian saved all four break points he faced during the 95-minute victory. Thiem will next face Serbia’s Hamad Medvedovic, who defeated fifth seed Jichen Zhang of China 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Belgium’s Zizou Berge defeated eighth seed Laszlo Djer of Serbia 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. Also winning were Germany’s Daniel Altmaier, Spain’s Jaime Munar and Austria’s Jurij Rodionov.
Luca van Assche converted 32 of 36 first-serve points (88.9 percent) as Swedish wild card Dragos defeated Nicolae Madaras 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the first round of the Nordea Open in Bastad, Sweden.
The 19-year-old Frenchman had a 3-2 edge in aces. Van Assche will face defending champion Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina in the second round on Wednesday.
Also, Brazil’s Diego Monteiro beat Colombia’s Daniel Elahi Colon 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Cullen had a 10-9 edge in aces.
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Australia’s Jordan Thompson, the seventh seed, defeated Aleksandar Kovacevic 6-0, 6-1 in the first round in Newport, RI.
Thompson converted six of his 10 break-point chances and defeated Kovacevic in a tidy 66 minutes.
Eighth-seeded Corentin Maudet of France defeated American wild-card Elliott Spizzeri 7-6 (7), 6-0. Great Britain’s Liam Brady and Australia’s Ringi Hijikata also won in straight sets.
–Field Level Media
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