Matteo Berrettini (1) d Stefano Travaglia 7-6(5) 7-6(4)
An all Italian affair started off with the underdog taking a 4-1 lead in the first set! However, Berrettini fought back hard to take the set in a tiebreaker. A country battle is definitely undervalued in terms of the odds, because this match was much closer than thought.
Alexander Bublik d Jeremy Chardy 6-4 3-6 6-3
Bublik served 24 aces in his three set victory over the Frenchman. This however, came at a cost, serving 11 double faults along the way. The serve is too destructive on such quick grass surfaces this year, winning 86% of first serves. The challenge for Bublik moving forward is consistency.
Alex De Minaur (4) d Laslo Djere 3-6 6-3 6-4
Which Aussie does not love a comeback. De Minaur has the best mentality for a comeback. After a slow start, the Demon picked up his paces, and came back strong, breaking once in each of the next sets to be victorious.
Daniel Evans (6) d Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-4
With the crowd behind Evans, it was difficult for the young Aussie to find the power to play well enough to win. Popyrin only served 8 aces to Evans 5. Popyrin, given his height compared to Evans, should have served more aces. In fact, Popyrin earned 5 break points, but converted none, compared to Evans 2/3 (66%) break point conversion.
Frances Tiafoe d Aljaz Bedene 4-6 6-3 6-4
A similar storyline and score as Alex De Minaur here. Tiafoe also loves a comeback in 2021. His shift in mentality has been excellent, and is good to see converts to the grass surface too. Bedene served 21 to Tiafoe's 11 aces, but the Americans return game is simply sublime.
Andy Murray d Benoit Paire 6-3 6-2
Despite Murray not having match practice, not many people have on grass for the past two years. The crowd was behind Murray ofcourse, and the opposite for Paire, as is known as the crowd's least favourite. A straight-forward win for Murray.
Fabio Fognini (8) d Yen-Sheu Lu 6-4 7-6(3)
A relatively close match, but it was the veteran Fognini to close the match out. Only three breaks in the match, with 2 coming to Fognini. A statistically close match.
Denis Shapovalov (2) d Alexander Vukic 7-6(6) 7-6(6)
The Canadian made a great escape, being mini-breaks in the tiebreaks. There were no breaks of serve, but Shapovalov did amazing to hold up when it mattered, saving a set point in each set. As close as you can get!
Marin Cilic d Sebastian Ofner 6-2 6-7(5) 7-6(4)
An underrated stat here is the break point opportunites! 13-2 to Cilic. Cilic only converted 3/13, but definitely had the chance to close the match out earlier.