New Tournament, Same Winning Feeling For Simon
Simon dismissed American qualifier Tennys Sandgren 7-5, 6-1, breaking five times to make the second round of the ATP 250 event. The 34-year-old Frenchman fell in the final of the Fever-Tree Championships, an ATP 500, on Sunday to Spain's Feliciano Lopez. Simon will next meet Chilean Nicolas Jarry, who beat Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 7-6(4).
Italian Thomas Fabbiano will next meet second seed Laslo Djere after pushing past Brit qualifier James Ward 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. #NextGenATP Brit Jay Clarke also fell in three sets, losing to Argentine lucky loser Juan Ignaco Londero, who made the fourth round at Roland Garros, 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-3. Londero will next meet fifth seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain.
Two other Brits, however, found a way through to the second round. ASB Classic champion Cameron Norrie won 82 per cent (40/49) of his first-serve points and beat France's Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 7-6(4), and wild card Daniel Evans beat Moldovan Radu Albot 7-6(2), 6-2. Norrie will next play compatriot and third seed Kyle Edmund.
"Grass-court tennis is just one or two points, and the last two matches I've played have been really, really tight. It's good learning for me, and I definitely have to embrace these short points when I'm playing big servers," Norrie said.
Evans will face Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, a 5-7, 7-6(8), 6-4 winner against American Denis Kudla. “It was a big fight against a very good grass-court player,” Herbert told ATPTour.com. “I was down 1-4, balls for 1-5, I don’t really know how I managed to come back. I saved two match points too, so I’m happy to come through. It was a hard match.”