Arthur Rinderknech d Michael Ymer 6-3 6-7(4) 6-2
The Frenchman defeated the Swede in a relatively tight affair statistically, but it always looked like the local 25yo man who would win.
Lorenzo Musetti d Sebastian Korda 6-4 1-6 6-4
Previewing this match, it didn't seem like the American had a chance. Prior to this tournament he'd lost to three players ranked outside the top 50. Despite a good 2020 French Open campaign reaching the 4th round against Rafael Nadal,, Korda hasn't established himself as a threat on clay this year. The 20yo American did show some flare with a scintillating second set, but dropped off with unforced errors, leaving the match for Musetti's taking.
Aljaz Bedene d David Goffin 7-6(4) 6-3
A break mid-way through the first set was taken away by Goffin when Bedene was serving for the first set. A tight set with the Slovenian getting the better of the Belgian. The momentum continued with some tight holds by Goffin, and an easy love game to finish the match for the world no 55.
Jannik Sinner d Aslan Karatsev 0-6 6-3 6-4
With what was one of the matchups of the year, all tennis fans knew there would be some magic here. The momentum shifted massively in the first set break. The young Italian was able to calm himself down, and focus on what needed to be done to save this match, and what a saviour he is! Sinner was actually up 4-0 serving for 5-0 when another momentum shift occurred, leading it to be 5-3 0-30 on Sinner's serve, but the youngster was helped with some net luck to stop the Russian's surge. Sinner sealed the match with an ace, only his second of the match, signalling that Karatsev had to start guessing from being tired.
Karen Khachanov d Kamil Majchrzak 7-6(4) 6-3
Despite the Polish man Majchrzak having more break point opportunities (6 compared to 4), the Russian was just more clinical on the night. The world no 26 showed his class against the world no 129, in some quality tennis.