Dominic Thiem, Kyle Edmund, Adrian Mannarino and Fernando Verdasco all won at the 2017 Rolex Paris Masters on Tuesday. Things didn't go as well for 10th seed Sam Querrey and David Ferrer, who were among those eliminated.
Later in the day, wild card Nicolas Mahut thrashed eighth seed Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets to reach the third round.
Here are the full results from Tuesday's matches at the AccorHotels Arena:
- Kyle Edmund bt. Evgeny Donskoy 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-3
- Feliciano Lopez bt. Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6(4), 6-3
- Adrian Mannarino bt. David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4
- Diego Schwartzman bt. Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-4
- Pablo Cuevas bt. Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-2
- Borna Coric bt. Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-4
- Fernando Verdasco bt. Andrey Rublev 7-6(1), 7-6(6)
- Joao Sousa bt. Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 7-5
- Filip Krajinovic bt. (10) Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4
- (5) Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-4 Peter Gojowczyk
- Nicolas Mahut bt. (8) Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-1
Thiem survived a scare when he was pushed to a third set by Peter Gojowczyk, despite winning the opener 6-4. The Austrian found things tougher in the second set, though, eventually being forced into a decider.
Fine shots like this one relayed by Tennis TV helped keep Gojowczyk in it:
It was no surprise a confident Gojowczyk won the tiebreak and claimed the set. Thiem didn't buckle after the setback, though, and leaned on his serve to win the final set and edge his way into Round 3.
The sixth seed isn't playing his best tennis, but is doing enough to get through in a depleted field.
A pair of unforced errors saw Mahut fall behind early to Carreno Busta in the first set. The latter built a 3-1 lead, before Mahut, buoyed by French support, broke serve to help even the set at three games apiece.
Mahut couldn't break serve again when 4-3 ahead, so the set was tied again. Carreno Busta still couldn't retake control, though, and soon closed out the set 6-4.
Clearly stunned by going behind, Carreno Busta never gained control in the second set, winning just one game before crashing out. Reaching the third round is already Mahut's best showing in Paris, per ATP Media Info:
Querrey's loss to Filip Krajinovic had worrying implications for the American, per ATP Media Info:
Meanwhile, the same source detailed the excellent turnaround in Krajinovic's game this month:
Querrey's service game was typically powerful, with the 30-year-old booming 11 aces, according to the ATP World Tour official website. However, Querrey routinely came unstuck when Krajinovic broke his serve three times.
The breaks proved decisive, as Querrey slumped to a shock defeat.
Earlier, Edmund saved his best tennis for the clutch moments en route to beating Evgeny Donskoy. The latter had match point during the second set, only for Edmund to win a crucial tiebreak.
As James Dielhenn of Sky Sports pointed out, coming back from three games down in the second proved the turning point for Edmund. He made the most of being armed with the momentum to comfortably win the third set 6-3 against a deflated opponent.
Later, it was the turn of Mannarino to impress. The Frenchman saw off Ferrer in convincing fashion, producing a straight-sets win with room to spare.
Ferrer was guilty of eight double faults, in sharp contrast to Mannarino who protected his serve brilliantly, saving six of seven break points. In the process, he ensured a first-ever win against Ferrer.
Verdasco found things tougher in his match against Andrey Rublev. The Russian pushed each set to a decider, but it was Verdasco who kept his cool to edge the tiebreaks and progress to the second round.
One player enjoying a stellar season is Diego Schwartzman. The Argentinian also won in straight sets against Viktor Troicki, continuing his brilliant run, per ATP World Tour:
Elsewhere, Borna Coric, Feliciano Lopez and Joao Sousa all won.
Tomorrow's schedule will be dedicated to the rest of the second round, per Rolex Paris Masters, with John Isner taking on Schwartzman, as well as Jack Sock against Edmund, third seed Marin Cilic meeting Coric and Richard Gasquet facing off against Grigor Dimitrov.