18-year-old wildcard Lorenzo Musetti got the biggest win of his career, claiming the scalp of Stan Wawrinka. The Swiss showed plenty of signs of rust with a slew of unforced errors saw him lose eight games on the run before he managed to get back into the match and force a tiebreak – but had no response in a one-sided affair.
Rain struck, disrupting later matches in the day and Kyle Edmund struggled to maintain his momentum after a promising start against Marco Cecchinato, eventually losing in the decider.
Novak Djokovic will take centre stage in his opener as he bids to edge Rafael Nadal in terms of Masters 1000 titles.
Apart from the slick, fast clay in Stuttgart, Angelique Kerber’s woes on the slower dirt continued. She once joked that the only Slam she is missing is ‘the clay one’ and she had no answer in her opener as she bowed out in straight sets.
Anett Kontaveit overcame some stiff resistance by Caroline Garcia to edge her in straight sets.
Garbiñe Muguruza looked to be far happier on the dirt than with her rushed preparations for the US Open with a comfortable opening win.
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