The men’s draw has not had too many shocks, despite coming back a little later than the women’s tour in terms of match-readiness. The highest casualty was No. 9 seed Diego Schwartzman who was two-sets up on the British No. 3 Cameron Norrie before unravelling and helping the Brit on his way.
For the most part though, Novak Djokovic, who dropped a set and lost his first tie-break of 2020 against the British No. 2 Kyle Edmund but is still carrying a remarkable 25-0 W-L record for this year.
Despite a resurgence that saw him reach the Western & Southern Open, Milos Raonic lost out in the battle of the Canadians, and only one men’s match was held over due to the rain with a set apiece, with Dan Evans and Corantin Moutet 6-5 up in the third set.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest shock was the loss of the top seed so early, and some key names followed suit. Garbiñe Muguruza had little preparation having made a late decision to go to the US Open, and found herself out-played by perennial big-match player Tsvetana Pironkova, who has not played since Wimbledon in 2017, stepping away to have her first child.
Johanna Konta lost to an inspired Sorana Cirstea to round out some of the big names although the bottom half of the draw still has some second round matches o complete, it is the top half of the draw which could yield the surprises.
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