Haase breaks record in victory over Dolgopolov in Madrid, Isner and Raonic through

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Robin Haase broke the record for most consecutive tie breaks lost in the Open Era on the ATP Tour but made it into the next round with a 6-3 6-7 6-2 victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov. Haase started well with an early break to go 3-1 up but only after Dolgopolov had wasted an opportunity of his own. This would be a recurring theme with Dolgopolov going 0 for 7 on break points for the match, including three later in the set to get back on serve. Haase would go 0-30 down when serving for the set but held his nerve to go a set up at the fourth time of asking.

After multiple break points were left unconverted by the pair in games 3 and 4, there was little on return for either player leading to the tie break with Haase on a 14 tie break losing streak. Haase would have a match point to end the run at 6-5* but would fail to convert losing the next three points and with it, the set.

However, Haase remained unconcerned and would again strike the first blow in the final set, breaking for a 3-1 lead. Dolgopolov would gain break point in the very next point but Haase once again would come out on top to make it 7/7 saved. After he held for 4-1, both players traded easy holds before the Dutchman finished it off on return, breaking to love to move to the next round.

A dominant serving performance saw John Isner on his way to a 7-5 7-6(8) victory over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The American lost just eight points on first serve and faced just one break point, of which he saved on his way to going 4-3 up in the first set. Garcia-Lopez himself was solid too but couldn’t handle the pressure when serving for a tie break. He would fall down 15-40 after winning the first point of the game with Isner taking the second break point to go a set up. Neither player would have a break chance in the second set and the tie break would show a similar pattern. There were 17 straight points won by the returner before Isner finally won one on return and with it, moved on in to the next round.

Milos Raonic would defeat Nikolay Davydenko by the same result and similarly was not broken once in the 7-5 7-6 victory. Early danger on serve was erased by both players, with Raonic not facing another break point after the two saved in the first game of the match. Like Garcia-Lopez, Davydenko held until *5-6 up, blowing two game points to get broken and fall a set down.

The second set was mostly uneventful with just one break chance on offer for either player, with Raonic unable to convert and take a 4-2 lead. It would the only game to see deuce in the set so a tie break was needed to settle it. Raonic struck first to take a 4-2* lead at the change of ends, only to give the mini break back to tie up at 4-4. After holding his other serve for 5-4, Raonic took the mini break back and with it brought two match points. The first would be saved but Raonic made no mistake on the second on serve to take his place in round two.

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