CR79] Simone Bolelli (ITA) vs. [CR81] Taylor Fritz (USA)
It was a brilliant performance from start to finish. Bolelli, usually a tricky opponent to defeat, could not figure out a way to derail the teenager. Fritz maintained his composure the entire match and hardly looked like the newbie tennis player. Bolelli may have been injured; however, I doubt he would have beaten Fritz if he was a hundred percent. Fritz won 6-4, 6-2 and will get a much sterner test in round two when he faces David Ferrer. It will not be an easy victory if he gets it because Ferrer is one of the most tenacious players I have ever had the pleasure to watch. I am very curious to see how Fritz matches up against Ferrer, he may have the advantage because Ferrer is coming back from an injury. Will Fritz continue to impress or will Ferrer find a way to stop the young American?
[CR52] Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. [CR370] Michael Mmoh (USA)
Zverev continues to grow into his game. He had an impressive run to the round of 16 at last week’s BNP Paribas Open and may have been a little flat today. Mmoh had chances but could not sustain his lead and in the end Zverev was too good. He won 7-6(3), 7-6(4) and knows it will not get easier; however, that’s what inspires these young players to pursue the sport, the opportunity to see how they match up against the veterans and what they can accomplish on the Tour. Zverev will be tested in round two when he faces American Steve Johnson. They both have big serves and forehands but Zverev has the edge, as he is riding a wave of confidence. Will Zverev continue to plow through the draw or will Johnson overcome his slow start to the season to defeat the him?