The 21st edition of The Swiss Indoors began, without its defending champion, Roger Federer. The champion who holds all the records to his name with reference to this tournament from Basel, who was himself a ball boy here once, is absent from the tournament for the first time in last 10 years. He’ll surely be missed. To devoid the void, 3 Swiss players were there in R32, namely Stan Wawrinka, Marco Chiudenelli and, Henri Laaksonen.
The tournament began today, with 32 players, out of which 8 were seeded, viz. Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Marin Cilic, David Goffin, Grigor Dimitrov, Richard Gasquet, Jack Sock, respectively.
On day 1, It was all upsets as Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic two seeded player crashed out of the tournament. Seeded number 2, Grigor Dimitrov was defeated by his 33 year-old opponent from Luxembourg, Gilles Muller. Though he tried some great cross court forehands in the decider, he couldn’t hold his serve, also, the fiery forehands from Muller’s were a treat. The Bulgarian was going fine in the decider when his opponent was down 3-3 (0-40), but Gilles managed to get this serve game as he won the next 5 points. The result was 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4, in 2 hours 22 minutes.
The Canadian Milos Raonic lost to Ricardas Bernakis, ranked 91; this being his second indoor defeat to the Lithuanian. This match marked his second top 10 victory of the year. Berankis held for 5-3 the prior game with a rocket forehand winner down the line, which he celebrated with a “Come on!” and a shake of the fist. Today’s scoreline was 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
The Argentine Federico Delbonis defeated Andrey Kuznetsov, Cilic defeated Mikhail Youzhny, thus marking that no Russians are left in the fixture.
The Japanese sensation, Kei Nishikori, eased into R16, defeating the Serb Dusan Lajovic. The Ukranian Illya Marchenko, went down to Donald Young in straight sets, whereas the Olympic Gold Doubles champion, Nicolas Mahut, was also knocked out by Paolo Lorenzi in 2 sets. Mahut is also queued up to play the Men’s Doubles with his fellow countryman, Edward Roger-Vasselin, the pair being seeded number 2.
Also, the Swiss man, Henri Laaksonen was knocked out by the Spanish Marcello Granollers. Out of the 4 seeded players who played today, 2 lost their respective matches in 3 sets each.
Tomorrow’s schedule is as follows:
Pella vs (7) Gasquet
Lorenzi vs (3) Nishikori
Del Potro vs Haase
Delbonis vs Bernakis
Mandarin vs (8) Sock
Verdasco vs Carreno Busta
Zverev vs Fritz