Day 2 of the Artois Championships at Queens Club is over and all the first round matches have been completed. Not surprisingly all of the British players with exception of Scotland’s Andy Murray have been knocked out.
Wild card Josh Goodall was the first of the Brits to fall, losing to former Queens champion Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 6-4. James Ward then put on a brave debut performance, the 22-year-old from London went out in three close sets against former World No. 1 Marat Safin on the opening day. British number two Alex Bogdanovic, now coached partly by Brad Gilbert whimpered out to Australian qualifier Joseph Sirianni losing 6-3 6-3.
On day 2 two more Brits fell, another wild card Dan Evans, 18-year-old from Birmingham endured a tough ATP debut going down 6-1, 6-1 to former Wimbledon semifinalist Xavier Malisse. The last Brit to go out was Richard Bloomfield who had battled through the qualifiers to be here. He fought hard in the first set against the tenth seed Fernando Gonzalez but eventually went down 7-6(5), 6-3.
Two seeds have fallen in round 1, Fernando Lopez, seeded 14 and Sam Querrey, seeded 16 both lost yesterday.
4 players are already through to round three, one of those is sixth seed Andy Murray. The Scot’s match only lasted a few minutes as Sebastien Grosjean had to retire hurt from their second round match after only 2 games. The other 3 players through are eighth seed Ivo Karlovic, seventh seed Paul-Henri Mathieu and Mario Ancic who eliminated ninth seed Fernando Verdasco.
|Second Round Draw – Top Half|
|(1)Rafael Nadal||Vs||(WC)Jonas Bjorkman||\||???||Vs ???||—–||—–|
|Kei Nishikori||Vs||Olivier Patience||/||\|
|(10)Fernando Gonzalez||Vs||Marat Safin||\||(8)Ivo Karlovic||Vs ???||/||\|
|(Q)Joseph Sirianni||Vs||(8)Ivo Karlovic||/|
|(3)Andy Roddick||Vs||Robby Ginepri||\||???||Vs ???||—–||/|
|Chris Guccione||Vs||(15)Mardy Fish||/||\|
|(12)Andreas Seppi||Vs||Ernests Gulbis||\||(6)Andy Murray||Vs ???||/|
|Sebastien Grosjean||Vs||(6)Andy Murray||/|
|Second Round Draw – Bottom Half|
|(5)Richard Gasquet||Vs||Simone Bolelli||\||Mario Ancic||Vs ???||—–||—–|
|Mario Ancic||Vs||(9)Fernando Verdasco||/||\|
|Nicolas Mahut||Vs||John Isner||\||???||Vs ???||/||\|
|Viktor Troicki||Vs||(4)David Nalbandian||/|
|(7)Paul-Henri Mathieu||Vs||Marin Cilic||\||(7)Paul-Henri Mathieu||Vs ???||—–||/|
|(WC)Xavier Malisse||Vs||(11)Lleyton Hewitt||/||\|
|(13)Janko Tipsarevic||Vs||Ivo Minar||\||???||Vs ???||/|
|Roko Karanusic||Vs||(2)Novak Djokovic||/|
All of the remaining second round matches should be played tomorrow and we will see the first matches from the big three in the draw – this years two grand slam winners, world number 2 Rafael Nadal and world number 3 novak Djokovic, plus the big serving 4 time and defending Queens club champion Andy Roddick. The big serving American will be looking to be a poor season behind him when he steps out on the green grass of Queens club.
Andy Murray will continue his adventure in the doubles competition tomorrow, when he and partner Daniel Vallverdu take on third seeds Kevin Ullyett and Jonas Bjorkman, they will be last on centre court. Andy’s brother Jamie Murray and his partner Max Mirnyi begin their campaign against Chris Guccione and Lleyton Hewitt.
|Second Round Doubles Draw|
|(1)Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan||Vs||Marin Cilic/Ivo Karlovic||\||—–||—–||—–|
|Novak Djokovic/Janko Tipsarevic or
(Alt)Rik de Voest/Chris Haggard
|Vs||(5)Marcelo Melo/Andre Sa||/||\|
|(4)Jeff Coetzee/Wesley Moodie||Vs||Rajeev Ram/Eric Butorac||\||—–||/||\|
|Chris Guccione/Lleyton Hewitt||Vs||(6)Max Mirnyi/Jamie Murray||/|
|(7)Jordan Kerr/Frantisek Cermak||Vs||Fernando Verdasco/Feliciano Lopez or
Mario Ancic/Jurgen Melzer
|(WC)Andy Murray/Daniel Vallverdu||Vs||(3)Kevin Ullyett/Jonas Bjorkman||/||\|
|(8)Mahesh Bhupathi/Rohan Bopanna||Vs||Fernando Gonzalez/Nicolas Lapentti||\||—–||/|
|Todd Perry/Paul Hanley||Vs||(2)Daniel Nestor/Nenad Zimonjic||/|