Pedro Martinez d Gilles Simon 6-0 6-4
The biggest statistical difference that struck through the match was first serve win %, 75% for the Spaniard compared to 48% from the Frenchman.With rain delay on Day 2, many matches were caught up on Day 3.
Marco Cecchinato d Raul Brancaccio 6-3 7-6(5)
In a relatively close game statistically, serving was a major factor in deciding the match. Brancaccio let himself down with 6 double faults, and Cecchinato dominated with 80% of first serves in, compared to 57%. Cecchinato finding form in the lead up to the French Open.
Sebastian Korda d Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-4
Despite an Italian appearance, it was not enough for the 37yo to ATP clay win this year. Korda, though was not dominant, provided the goods to defeat the Italian.
Norbert Gombos d Emil Ruusivuori 7-6(4) 5-7 6-3
Despite the man from Finland having 25 break point opportunities compared to 11, it was the Slovakian who really should have had an easier victory. Ruusivuori is not clinical on clay, and this is a worry if Gombos was struggling to defeat him.
Lorenzo Musetti d Gianluca Mager 4-6 6-1 6-2
Despite a slow first set, it was the popular Italian continuing his dominant clay season. Musetti's serve continued to serve him well with 80% first serve and winning 79% of those points, compared to 55% and 63% respectively. For a 19yo, this is showing great signs for the future.
Yoshihito Nishioka (8) d Sam Querrey 3-6 6-3 7-6(3)
It was the man from Japan to defeat the big server! Querrey, despite not winning a clay court match in two years, thought he might be a chance against Nishioka because Querrey is a foot taller (1.97m compared to 1.7m). This clay season has served well for big servers, as was seen in the 18-2 ace ratio, but Nishioka was able to come on top, in some fine tennis.
Jiri Vesely d Steve Johnson 7-6(7) 6-2
What was a very even first set, turned into a mental struggle for the American in the second set. The 31yo is unequipped to clay compared to the Czech.
Aljaz Bedene d Salvatore Caruso 6-4 7-6(8)
A very even match statistically, apart from 11 aces from Bedene. The first shot of the point can dominate, and win the match, which ultimately got the Slovenian over the line.
Jaume Munar d Mikael Ymer 6-3 7-6(5)
Reviewing this match, Ymer had all the chances to win the match. Munar converted 5/7 (71%) break point opportunities, compared to Ymer's 3/17 (18%). Munar's mentality is a common theme against the Spaniard's.
Richard Gasquet d Daniel Altmaier 6-3 6-3
The Frenchman's forehand was serving him very well this match, directing the ball in angles that made it difficult for the German to return. The 1+2 serve winner combo also served Gasquet well during the match. With 81% of wins on first serve, the 34yo wins more points in less shots.