Jerzy Janowicz beats Sam Querrey to enter second round in Madrid, whilst Pablo Andujar eliminated Cilic. Kei Nishikori also advanced.
World no. 24 Janowicz took on 18th-ranked US player Querrey in the first round of Madrid Masters. Their first ever ATP encounter started with the talented Pole building a 3-0 lead in the beginning of the opener and keeping his opponent at bay for the rest of the set. Querrey did not generate any break balls in that part of the game, so he fell one set behind twenty-five minutes into the match. Janowicz dropped only three points on his serve in the first set. He faced three break point threats in the following one, yet he kept his service games intact, whilst he broke the American in the fifth game to pave his way to a smooth 6-3, 6-4 victory. The clash lasted one hour and nine minutes.
Similarly, fourteenth-seeded Japanese Nishikori outclassed his Austrian adversary Jurgen Melzer as he breezed into the second round of Mutua Madrid Open after a bit more than one hour spent on the court. He converted the only break ball of the first set to go one nil up, while he did not face any break point threats until serving for the second round ticket at 5-2 in the set number two – by that time he was already in possession of a double break cushion. In the end, he held his final service game as well to progress into the next round with a 6-3, 6-2 win.
Tenth seed Marin Cilic was unsuccessful in his opening ATP match for the second time in a row. After suffering a second round defeat last week in Munich, he fell short against domestic player Andujar in Madrid today. Cilic turned around the opening set and edged out his rival in a tie-break, but he was unlucky to have been broken by the Spaniard in the tenth game of the second set after wasting a couple of break balls in the previous game. Andujar thus leveled the terms and used the momentum shift to storm through the decider and seize the match at the end of a five straight games run. End result: 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-1.