ATP Eastbourne 🏴 Round of 32 Results
Ego Gerasimov d Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-4
Both players whack the ball, but it was Gerasimov the more consistent. The slower courts mean less impact for the servers, and despite Tsonga serving 10-6 aces, he did not win enough free points, and allowed the Belarusian, 8 years his junior to serve it out.
Ilya Ivashka d Alastair Gray 6-2 7-6(5)
Despite a second set threat, Ivashka screwed his head on and finished the job in straight sets. The world no 1036 had more break point opportunities, but just could not convert against the tour level experience of Ivashka.
Alexei Popyrin d Norbert Gombos 4-6 6-4 6-1
Popyrin can have slow starts, but loves a comeback. He was the better server, serving 14-6 aces, and carried the match home in a convincing 3 set match.
John Millman d Jay Clarke 6-3 6-2
We are beginning to see some more consistent results rankings-wise, with no low ranked Brit to upset anyone here at Eastbourne yet. Clarke had 5 break point opportunities, but converted none. The world no 166 did not serve well either, crumbling under the Aussie's momentum.
Alexander Bublik d Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1 6-4
A Ukrainian duel! No 1 v No 2! Bublik, 67 ranks above Kukushkin breezed through his first round, serving 18-0 aces in an absolute annihilation.
Emil Ruusivuori d Alberto Ramos-Vinolas (7) 6-4 6-3
The man from Finland does not mind playing on grass. Definitely a step up from clay, but Ramos-Vinolas would disagree. Ramos-Vinolas had his time on clay, but his run is dwindling, with next gen showing their class on grass! Despite being 36 ranks lower, Ruusivuori was just more clinical all-round. It will be great to see how he goes on grass this season.
Max Purcell d James Duckworth 6-2 3-6 7-6(5)
Purcell continues his dream run in Eastbourn! After defeating Kevin Anderson in the Qualifiers, Purcell now faces 1st seed Gael Monfils on Centre Court!
Andreas Seppi d Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6(5) 6-1
Seppi just created so many break point opportunities that slowly destroyed Nishioka's confidence on grass. This is Seppi's 4th win on grass this season, gaining some exposure to the elements...
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina d Mikhael Ymer 7-5 6-1
Fokina put the pressure on Ymer, creating and converting 8/11 breaks throughout the match, this was however combatted by Ymer's 4 breaks, but it was to no avail, as the Spaniard put the gas on in the second set, leaving the Swede behind.
Marton Fucsovics d Aljaz Bedene 7-6(3) 3-6 7-6(3)
Fucsovics always likes to play a closely-contested match. HIs mental breakdowns allow him to do this, and his fitness allows him to get back into the game, as he did once again; only breaking once to win the match, but being clinical when needed.
Liam Broady d Frances Tiafoe 6-3 7-6(4)
The left-handers are getting more upsets on the grass. Tiafoe faced world no 144, and got pipped at the post, losing the tiebreaker.
Vasek Pospisil d James Ward 6-4 6-4
Pospisil has always stayed under the radar, but his serving has been impressive. The Canadian served 9-3 aces, and winning 84% of his first serves, very impressive. He also converted 67% of his break points, compared to 0% for the Brit.