Stanislas Wawrinka recovered from a nervy start to complete a comeback victory over Marco Chiudinelli and bag his place in the second round of the 2016 Swiss Indoors in Basel, Switzerland.
The home favourite and tournament top seed emerged a 6-7(1), 6-1, 6-4 victor after being put to the sword early on by his underdog opponent, coming close to a first-round upset in the process.
Second seed Milos Raonic was an early departure from the tournament and exited at the first hurdle following his 6-3, 3-6, 3-6 defeat to Ricardas Berankis, while Florian Mayer closed out a 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-4 win against Benoit Paire.
Earlier in the day, Paire's French compatriot Nicolas Mahut also left the competition after losing to Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 7-6(4), while sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov dropped at the hands of Luxembourg's Gilles Muller. David Goffin was the last to advance on Tuesday after he defeated Marcos Baghdatis.
Read on for a roundup of Tuesday's results in full, complete with a recap of the Day 2 results and a look toward Wednesday's schedule.
|2016 Swiss Indoors: Tuesday's 1st-Round Results|
|Marcel Granollers def. Henri Laaksonen||6-3, 3-6, 6-2|
|Gilles Muller def.  Grigor Dimitrov||6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4|
|Paolo Lorenzi def. Nicolas Mahut||6-4, 7-6(4)|
|Ricardas Berankis def.  Milos Raonic||3-6, 6-3, 6-3|
|Florian Mayer def. Benoit Paire||6-1, 6-7(2), 6-4|
| Stanislas Wawrinka def. Marco Chiudinelli||6-7(1), 6-1, 6-4|
| David Goffin def. Marcos Baghdatis||6-4, 7-6(4)|
|2016 Swiss Indoors: Wednesday's 1st-Round Schedule|
|12 p.m. BST/7 a.m. ET|| Jack Sock vs. Adrian Mannarino|
|1:30 p.m. BST/8:30 a.m. ET||Fernando Verdasco vs. Pablo Carreno-Busta|
|2 p.m. BST/9 a.m. ET|| Richard Gasquet vs. Guido Pella|
|3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET||Mischa Zverez vs. Taylor Fritz|
|4 p.m. BST/11 a.m. ET|| Kei Nishikori vs. Paolo Lorenzi|
|6 p.m. BST/1 p.m. ET||Juan Martin Del Potro vs. Robin Haase|
|7:30 p.m. BST/2:30 p.m. ET||Ricardas Berankis vs. Federico Delbonis|
What ended as a bright day for top seed Wawrinka came close to ending in tears after his shaky outing against Chiudinelli, who exchanged the lead with his opponent in the first set and broke serve four times en route to a tiebreak win.
It was to be a short-lived high for the 35-year-old, however, as Wawrinka hit back with a vengeance to land his spot in the next stage of the competition, ending a cursed run on home soil, per tennis writer Michal Samulski:
Raonic's stay in Switzerland was brought to an abrupt end on Tuesday following his surprise defeat at the hands of a spirited Berankis, who polished off a three-set victory over the Canadian in just under two hours.
The match looked ready to go in favour of the second seed after Raonic dominated the first set 6-3, but Berankis thundered with back-to-back wins of his own by the same scoreline, and Tennis TV captured the net foul that sealed his opponent's demise:
That wasn't the only upset on the Day 2 fixture slate, either, after Dimitrov also let a one-set lead slip his grasp en route to a 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4 loss against a defiant Muller.
Portuguese tennis writer Jose Morgado noted the pattern emerging in big names failing to live up to expectations in Basel, with two of the seeded entrants falling at the first obstacle:
It was an unsuccessful day's work as far as the French contenders were concerned, too, with Mahut losing in straight sets to Lorenzi while countryman Paire failed to recover despite a mid-match fightback against Mayer.
Paire put up a much stronger defence in his second- and third-set displays but finally dropped to defeat after tennis writer Chris Goldsmith illustrated just how quickly his foe stepped into the ascendancy:
Granollers also made it through to the second round and will face either Jack Sock or Adrian Mannarino in the next stage after his 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 beating of Henri Laaksonen.
Goffin beat Baghdatis in straight sets 6-4, 7-6(4), but their clash still took one hour and 40 minutes as the veteran Cypriot took an early leave of the competition.