There were no surprises for the higher seeds with David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro and Tomas Berdych advancing to the next round. Ferrer made surprisingly hard work of Argentina’s Martin Alund. After losing 6-1 6-1 in the qualifiers of Eastbourne, there seemed little reason to believe Alund could make a match of this and it looked like was all going to plan as Ferrer broke his opponents serve three times on his way to taking the set 6-1. However, Alund refused to go away quietly and remained competitive. A forehand down the line would earn him the break to take the second on the only break point of the set.
It remained close in the third as Alund twice fought off break points midway through to hold but it would be third time lucky for Ferrer, finally breaking for a 6-5 lead and closing out the set to love. A break to love for *3-1 would kill off the match as Ferrer moved into the next round with a 6-1 4-6 7-5 6-2 victory.
Del Potro hit 34 winners on his way to a 6-2 7-5 6-1 victory over Albert Ramos, dropping serve just once. After saving three break points in the opening game of the match, the Argentinian blasted his way through the first set, breaking twice. A break for 4-2 in the second suggested the match would be ending very quickly but Ramos fought back to break as Del Potro served for the set. Despite saving set points in the next game, Ramos could not make it to the tiebreak eventually gifting away the set on a wild backhand. The final set was over quickly as Del Potro rushed into a 4-0 lead before breaking once much for the match to book his second round tie with Jesse Levine.
A break in each set was enough for Berdych to ensure he didn’t face a repeat of his horror 2012 campaign as he defeated Martin Klizan 6-3 6-4 6-4. An impressive serving performance saw the Czech drop just four points on his first serve while not being broken once. A double fault at break down in the first set saw Berdych earn the break and he pushed on from there. An early break to love was all that Berdych needed in the second and he would repeat the trick in the third to take a 3-2 lead before consolidating with another easy hold. He had chances to break for the match but failed to convert, eventually serving it out and winning on his fifth match point.
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