Bad day for the top seeds

The first day of the Queen’s tournament was fatal to the two American seeds, Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka, but also to the British No. 1, Cameron Norrie.

With their great serve, Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka could hope to pass a few rounds at the Queen’s tournament, but the two Americans, seeded in the English tournament, did not even pass the first. Eliminated from entry to ‘s-Hertogenbosh by the incredible Tim van Rijthoven, finally winner of the tournament to the detriment of Daniil Medvedev, Fritz (seeded n ° 4) this time suffered the law of Jack Draper (99th), guest by the organizers, and who dreams of the same route as the Dutchman. He won 6-3, 6-2 in 1h13. The Brit served 8 aces and 62% of first serves, and was never broken in this game, despite three chances for the American. He took the serve from Masters 1000 winner Indian Wells 2-1 in the first set and 0-0 and 3-1 in the second to clinch the biggest win of his career (he still took a set to Novak Djokovic last year at Wimbledon), at 20 years old. The young Englishman will face Quentin Halys or Emil Ruusuvuori in the next round.

Opelka and Norrie unlucky in the draw

The other American dropped out is Reilly Opelka, seeded No. 8, who had not had much luck in the draw by inheriting a player ranked only three ranks behind him (18th against 21st), Alex DeMinaur. The Australian won 6-4, 6-4 in 1h14, saving the three break points that his opponent got (who only served 6 aces) and taking his serve at 2-2 in the first set and 1-1 in the second. He will challenge Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the next round. Seeded No. 3, Cameron Norrie had no luck either, finding himself opposed to entry to the 2nd world and former Wimbledon semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov. The British No. 1 lost 6-7, 6-1, 6-4 in 1:59 against the Bulgarian, who served 18 aces and was not broken in this match. Dimitrov lost the tie-break 7-2, but then woke up, quickly leading 5-0 in the second to win 6-1, then earning a decisive break at 2-2, before saving three balls from 4-4, to win in the third.


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