It would be a bad day for the big serving men in Valencia with Milos Raonic and John Isner both exiting despite serving 37 aces between them (21-16 to Isner). Both had been expected to flourish on the surface but would be defeated by their less favoured opponents.
David Goffin would be the man to top Isner in the second round of the tournament, coming through in three sets in a 7-6 (2) 4-6 6-4 victory. As to be expected, breaks were rare and the first set saw not even one break point. Goffin would hold his nerve to take the tie break, as Isner dropped points on his serve three times. Just one break point would be needed for Isner in the second, with a love break coming in game five with the momentum seemingly in Isner’s favour.
When a second love break came in game three of the third set it looked all over for Goffin, who had not broken in the whole match. A marathon service game when Isner led 3-2 would be vital, and after failing to convert five break points it would be sixth time lucky for the Belgian who broke to get the match back on serve. Goffin would force Isner to serve to stay in the match. A double fault would set up two match points for Goffin and the first would be taken to give Goffin a huge win.
Raonic was knocked out in round one by Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in straight sets 7-5 7-6 (1). As expected, break points were at a premium with Muller having the first opportunity in game four to break but Raonic would save it to hold. After Raonic missed an opportunity at 5-5, it seemed like a tie break was likely but Muller had other ideas. He took 0-30 and 30-40 leads in game 12 of the set before finally breaking for a set lead
A break in game eight of the second set looked like it was all over for Raonic with Muller serving for the match at 5-3 but he got incredibly tight, going down 0-40. Muller would save all three only to go and get broken at the fourth time of asking. Raonic eventually forced a tie break but a poor start meant he was never in it. Muller completely dominated the tie break, winning the last six points to cap off a disappointing day for Raonic. Alexandr Dolgopolov awaits Muller in the next round.
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