2020 Vienna Open Day 1 Recap: Rublev Rolls Qualifier, Monfils Retires, & More

2020 Vienna Open Day 1 Recap

The fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev would cruise past qualifier Norbert Gombos, Gael Monfils would be forced to retire due to injury, and much more at the 2020 Vienna Open.

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2020 Vienna Open Day 1 Results

Singles Results

Borna Coric vs. Taylor Fritz

In the opening set of Borna Coric’s match against American Taylor Fritz, Coric would only need to break Fritz’s serve once, in the ninth game, to take the set 6-4.

In the second set, he would get another break, once again in the ninth game, to take the set 6-4 and win the match 6-4, 6-4.

Dennis Novak (wc) vs. Kevin Anderson (pr)

In the first set of wildcard Dennis Novak’s match against Kevin Anderson, each player would serve well, holding their serve all the way to a tiebreak.

In the tiebreak, Novak would prevail, 7-2, to take the set 7-6 (7-2). But, in the second set, Anderson would respond by getting two breaks of Novak’s serve, in the fifth and seventh games, to take the set 6-4 and force a third set.

In the decisive third set, each player would put on another serving clinic, holding their service games to a second tiebreak. In this tiebreak, Anderson would come out on top, 8-6, to take the set 7-6 (8-6) and win the match 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 7-6 (8-6).

Gael Monfils (7) vs. Pablo Carreno Busta

In the opening set of Pablo Carreno Busta’s match against the seventh-seeded Gael Monfils, Carreno Busta would come out firing, winning the first four games in a row before taking the set 6-1.

In the second set, with Carreno Busta up 2-0, Monfils would retire due to injury, giving Pablo Carreno Busta the 6-1, 2-0 victory.

Andrey Rublev (5) vs. Norbert Gombos (q)

In the opening set of the fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev’s match against qualifier Norbert Gombos, Rublev would win the first three games in a row before taking the set 6-3.

In the second set, Rublev would manage to get two breaks, in the third and seventh games, to take the set 6-2 and win the match 6-3, 6-2.

Jurij Rodionov (wc) vs. Denis Shapovalov (8)

In the opening set of wildcard Jurij Rodionov’s match against the eighth-seeded Denis Shapovalov, down 2-4, Rodionov would win four straight games to take the set 6-4.

In the second set, Rodionov would only need one break of Shapovalov’s serve, in the twelfth game, to take the set 7-5 and win the match 6-4, 7-5.

Doubles Results

G.Dimitrov / S.Wawrinka vs. R.Ram / J.Salisbury  (2)

In the first doubles match of the day, the second-seeded team of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury would take on the team of Grigor Dimitrov and Stan Wawrinka.

In the opening set of their match, Ram and Salisbury would only need one break of their opponents’ serve, in the ninth game, to take the set 6-4.

But, in the second set, Dimitrov and Wawrinka would respond by getting a break of their own, in the fourth game, to take the set 6-3 and force a third set tiebreak.

In the winner-takes-all third set tiebreak, Ram and Salisbury would prevail, 10-6, to take the match 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.

M.Pavic / B.Soares  (1) vs. K.Drzewiecki / S.Walkow  (q)

The top-seeded doubles team of Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares would take on qualifiers Karol Drzewiecki and Szymon Walkow.

In the first set of their match, each team would manage to break the other’s serve once, in the eleventh and twelfth games, to force a tiebreak.

In the tiebreak, Pavic and Soares would come out on top, 9-7, to take the set 7-6 (9-7). In the second set, Pavic and Soares would win the first three games consecutively before taking the set 6-3 to win the match 7-6 (9-7), 6-3.

J.Murray / N.Skupski vs. D.Novak / D.Thiem  (wc)

In the last doubles match of the day, the team of Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski would take on the wildcard team of Dennis Novak and Dominic Thiem.

In the opening set of their match, the team of Murray and Skupski would get two breaks of their opponents’ serve, in the fourth and twelfth games, to take the set 7-5.

But, in the second set, each team would break the other’s serve once en route to a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, Novak and Thiem would prevail, 7-1, to take the set 7-6 (7-1).

In the decisive third set tiebreak, Murray and Skupski would prevail, 10-5, to win the match 7-5, 6-7 (1-7), 10-5.

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