Nikoloz Basilashvilli (3) d Sebastian Baez (WALKOVER)
Basilashvilli still yet to play a minute of tennis after his opponent forfeited injured before the match.
Filip Krajinovic (6) d Phillip Kohlschreiber 7-5 4-6 6-3
There have been many questions regarding Krajinovic's motivations and mentality towards tennis. Kohlschreiber can be a tricky opponent, and had his chances, but Krajinovic was just that bit better.
Stefanos Tsitsipas (1) d Dominik Koepfer 7-6(2) 6-3
Koepfer started off strong, earning an early break against the Greek God, but the French Open Finalist broke back immediately, and both held their serve in the first set. After being broken midway through the second set, Koepfer lost it mentally, getting a warning for hitting the ball into the crowd. From there, Koepfer was mentally not in the game, allowing Tsitsipas to break for the third time to close the match out.
Lasljo Djere d Thiago Seyboth Wild 7-6(1) 6-1
Wild was up a break early in the set, but Djere found his feet, and converting 4/5 break point opportunities, going about his business. Wild did have his opportunities, only break 1/7 opportunities. His groundstrokes were superb during the match, and faces Basilashvilli in the 3rd Round.
Dusan Lajovic (5) d Alex Molcan 6-4 6-7(2) 6-3
Lajovic is going on his best clay run this season, having only won 2/7 clay matches prior to this week in 2021. Lajovic was offensive early, creating and finishing points off in style! Lajovic was up a break in the second set before the tides turned to the left. Molcan's left-handed forehand was a beautiful swing, and created some dicey points for Lajovic. However, it was Lajovic coming through with the experience, as both players got nervous in the Third set. The quality nowhere near as seen earlier in the match.
Pablo Carreno Busta (2) d Carlos Taberner 7-5 6-3
A relatively even game apart from two stats. Busta's win on second serve was incredible! 80% compared to just 32% for the world no 114. It was the 2nd seed taking an early break, but the 23yo did not back down, breaking back, but flailing at the end of the set. Taberner showed some nerves during the match, and it continued to wreak havoc for him, losing an early break in the second set. The momentum swung hard to Busta's way toward the end of the second set.
Benoit Paire (8) d Juan Pablo Viralles 7-5 7-6(8)
Matches involving Paire never seem to disappoint, and this one was not an exception. With 9 breaks in the match, Paire snagged the first set, and was down a break in the second set, befor clawing his way back, much to the surprise of others not tanking the match! Viralles was simply not dominant enough, and allowed. Both players had opportunities to serve out the second set tiebreaker, but it was Paire to get it done on his second third attempt.
Federico Delbonis d Albert Ramos-Vinolas (4) 6-3 7-6(4)
Both players had plenty of opportunity, with Ramos-Vinolas only winning 1/6 break points and Delbonis breaking 2/8 break points. The battle of the lefties on clay is always an interesting battle, with Delbonis now leading the battle on clay 6-2, and with Ramos-Vinolas at 33, it is unlikely he will win anymore in this battle. The Argentine saved 2 set points late in the second set, and forced it into a tiebreaker, hitting some hefty forehands to get the job done in straight sets.