This week the ATP World Tour’s best players touchdown in Rome, Italy, where another Masters 1000 tournament takes place.
The Masters of Rome is one of the most popular events of the whole year due to the great tennis being played, but also for the beautiful surroundings. The first match of the day, between big serving John Isner and Dennis Istomin, was the only match containing a huge upset.
Istomin played one of his better matches this year rallying past Isner in three sets after losing the first 7-5. The game lasted for over two hours and Istomin has now set up a second round clash with in-form Thomas Berdych whom reached the semis of Madrid last week.
Richard Gasquet, who suffered a shocking loss to Daniel Gimeno-Traver last week in Madrid, was back in shape during the first day of playing in Rome.
He cruised through Sam Querrey from the US, and won 6-2 7-6 in 90 minutes. Gasquet therefore holds the record of 24 wins and 7 losses of 2013, with two titles already in hand! Gasquet will face Grigor Dimitrov in the second round.
The rising star Grigor Dimitrov keeps on flying through his opponents. He was up against the charismatic Cypriot, Marcos Baghdatis, on Sunday but made little work coming through in straight sets 6-3 6-4. Dimitrov is coming into this tournament with last weeks upset of the year, when he knocked out Novak Djokovic.
Kevin Anderson who always has been known for his hard court playing and big serving is proving that he can play on clay courts as well. He reached the finals of ATP Casablanca, beating clay court specialist Juan Monaco last week, and followed up by beating Jurgen Melzer extremely easily yesterday, 6-2 6-1.
Kevin won amazing 56% of the points he returned on the serve of Melzer to seal the deal in 56 minutes.
In addition, Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov cruised through his first round match with wildcard Matteo Viola, and Granollers-Pujol knocked out Russian former top-10-ranked Nikolai Davydenko in a one sided affair 6-4 6-3.
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