Stefanos Tsitsipas, Bernard Tomic Advance in Hertogenbosch
No. 5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas earned his maiden victory as a seeded player, while Bernanrd Tomic notched his first main draw tour win of 2018 in the first round in Hertogenbosch on Tuesday.
Tsitsipas, whose run to the final in Barcelona helped propel him to No. 37 in the world, needed three sets but eventually overcame John Patrick Smith 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The 19-year-old from Greece was nevertheless efficient, converting both break points he earned and allowing only three of his service games to reach deuce.
He became especially comfortable in the third set, losing only five points on serve. That domination earns him a second round match against veteran Tunisian Malek Jaziri, who defeated Max Purcell 6-2, 6-3.
Tomic, meanwhile, took advantage of a favorable draw to reach a tour-level second round for the first time since November. He was slated to face veteran Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, but he withdrew shortly before the match. That gave the Australian a meeting with lucky loser Kevin King, marking his first main draw appearance since 2014.
Tomic displayed his talent in a 6-4, 6-2 victory. He won nearly three-quarters of second serve return points, broke the American four times and saved seven of eight break points. The win marks a continued bright spot for Tomic, who won three straight matches to qualify for the French Open and has rallied off three in a row again after coming through qualifying in the Netherlands. The level of competition rises, however, in a second round meeting with Robin Haase.
Elsewhere, No. 8 seed Andreas Seppi made a quick exit, losing to American wild card Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-2 in barely over an hour. The Italian earned no break points.
Rain cancelled all but three matches in Stuttgart, where No. 5 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber lost a pair of tiebreaks to Denis Istomin. Several first round matches, including those featuring Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic, were moved to Wednesday. Roger Federer is also slated to begin play against Mischa Zverev.