The first rounds at the ATP 250 Estoril and Munich tournaments this week are now complete and the top four seeds at both tournaments also join the action today and/or tomorrow. At Estoril there were a few first round upsets as fifth seed Lajovic crashed out in the first round against experienced veteran clay expert Mayer from Argentina, sixth seed De Minaur crashed out against Portuguese qualifier Dominguez ranked 214 in the world and seventh seed Carreno-Busta’s below par form continued as he also crashed out in the first round against Chardy.
Three of the top four seeds are in action today with second seed Fognini fortunately getting another day to recover and recuperate after winning the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 Series on Sunday. Top seed Tsitsipas should progress against Andreozzi from Argentina as he leads the head-to-head 2-0 including a straight set’s win earlier this year.
Third seed veteran Monfils will play his first competitive clay court match of the season against the improving giant 6ft 11” Opelka from America today and out of form fourth seed Goffin faces a tough opener against defending champion Joao Sousa and while he leads the head-to-head 4-1 I don’t see this being an easy match for him on current form and Sousa having the advantage of already having played a competitive match on Monday beating talented Russian qualifier Popyrin.
Over in Germany in Munich it was a good day for the seeded players in action except fifth seed and British number one Edmunds whose disappointing season continued as he crashed out against American Kudla in straight sets. Sixth seed Schwartzman from Argentina won his opener against the in-form Paire in three sets and he faces arguably an even tougher test next up against the unseeded Garin from Chile who has been in great form on clay so far this season and has beaten Schwartzman on clay before.
Seventh seed Pella from Argentina joined his compatriot Schwartzman in the second round after thrashing Mischa Zverev in straight sets and eighth seed Fucsovcs also made the second round, but he had to fight hard to beat the talented Italian qualifier Sonego in three sets and on a third set tiebreak. Top-seed Sascha Zverev opens his account today against the new up and coming star of the clay court scene Londero from Argentina and Zverev will need to improve considerably on his recent clay court form if he wants to make the quarter finals.
Third seed Cecchinato also lays today and faces a tough test against the experienced big hitting Klizan who brushed veteran Gulbis aside in straight sets on Monday and eighth seed Fucsovics faces another potentially tough test against Brazilian qualifier Monteiro who embarrassed German Struff in front of bis own fans yesterday losing 6-1 6-1. Second seed Khachanov and fourth seed Bautista Agut are scheduled to play their first matches tomorrow against German veteran Kohlschreiber and German Wild Card Molleker respectively and hopefully Kohlschreiber will do the business for us again after winning his first-round match in impressive fashion against the experienced Italian veteran Seppi in straight sets yesterday.
P. Cuevas Win (16/1)
Londero Win vs. A Zverev @ 15/4
Kudla Win vs. Berrettini @ 57/17 (Thursday)