After rain wreaked havoc on the Aegon Championships through the first two days, a full slate of matches was completed on Wednesday at the Queen’s Club, finally allowing the first round to be completed while the second round got underway. With the tournament still trying to stay on schedule, here’s what happened on day three in London.
The day started with some glee for the home fans, as British wild card Kyle Edmund upset eighth seed Gilles Simon. The British young gun mounted an assault on the Frenchman’s serve, breaking five times in the match and winning 55 percent of his opponent’s second serve points to wrap up the upset in an hour and 42 minutes. Check out the full recap here.
The hosts were not lucky with their second man in action, as Dan Evans fell to a different Frenchman. Paul-Henri Mathieu ousted his British opponent in three sets. In each of the first two sets, the pair exchanged breaks before requiring a tiebreak to decide it. In the first set, it was Mathieu claiming the breaker 10-8, before Evans took the second 8-6. Finally in the third set, the French would score the crucial break and defended his serve to claim the victory 6-3 in the third after just over two and a half hours.
2012 champion Marin Cilic advanced to the quarterfinals with a strong win over Janko Tipsarevic. Cilic dominated on serve, only dropping three points on his first serve and saved all three break points he faced, claiming victory in only 70 minutes. Check out the full recap here.
After their match was delayed due to darkness on Tuesday, Milos Raonic and Nick Kyrgios returned to the court to wrap up their first round encounter that was tied at a set apiece. Little changed after the delay, as Raonic came out firing again on serve and was not broken in the deciding set, scoring a late break to oust the fiery Kyrgios in the opening round. Check out the full recap here.
Seventh seed John Isner faced a challenging first round opponent in the form of Juan Martin del Potro but made it look fairly routine by ousting the former US Open champion in straight sets. Isner was his usual big-serving self, not allowing his serve to be broken and pounding 25 aces past the Argentinian, who could not match his fellow giant’s power. Check out the full recap here.
American Steve Johnson backed up his upset of Richard Gasquet with a hard-fought three-set win over Adrian Mannarino. Johnson dropped the opening set but bounced back to win the next two sets, coming up big in the decider with six aces and converting both of his break points to seal the decider and advance to quarterfinals in just over two hours.
Second round action will be completed on Thursday, with top seed Andy Murray and third seed Raonic looking to book their spots in the quarterfinals.