06-07-2011, 08:46 PM
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AEGON Championships II
PTA World Tour 250 - Tuesday (1st Round) - Queen's Club, London,
United Kingdom - Grass
- Heavily favoured ninth seed Heath Davis has survived a scratchy start to move into the third round of the Queen's Club championships with a three-set win over Spaniard Ion Andueza. In a surprising start, Andueza, who dropped a set to a local wildcard in the first round, looked sharp as he broke Davis twice to take the first set 6-4. The West CWLander lifted in the second set as he dominated Andueza to take it 6-1. The Spaniard would not go away, though, and had two break points to move ahead 4-2. He failed to convert as Davis served his way out of trouble; the big man growing in confidence on the grass to advance 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. He now meets fifth seed Rick Henson in a tricky third round clash after the American beat compatriot Julian Day 6-4, 6-2.
- Teenage sensation Marcuss Deane continues to make the most of the LTA's generosity as he came from a set down to upset 15th seed Björn Donaldson. Taking a top fifty scalp, Deane will almost certainly rise into the top 100 for the first time as he showed great steel to break Donaldson twice to secure a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 win. The youngster probably lacks a big weapon other than a very smart serving game, and was broken in the first set due to a lacklustre second serve. Still, he served at an impressive 80 per cent in the third set and it was enough to hold off the Swede as he won in three.
- He will now meet third seed Jefferson Drake as he continued his pristine form with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Scotland Rivers. The French Open quarter finalist has played down his chances of taking the Wimbledon crown, but the bandwagon is sure to grow after he wiped the court with a solid player. To his credit, Rivers went for his shots but couldn't pass the athletic Drake who had the West CWLander playing a number of feet behind the baseline. It was an imposing sight for young Deane if he was watching as Rivers was shut out of the second set and sent packing.
- In the top section, fourteenth seed Jarkko Maxum set up a third round meeting with the World No. 1 after ousting French Open quarter finalist Jean-Alain Depuis in three sets. Despite an indifferent second set, Maxum looked fantastic against the veteran Frenchman whose baseline style was lacking against a player who was happier to mix it up. Despite doubts over how Maxum would transition to the fastest surface on the tour (other than carpet), he played fine tennis and was not afraid to move to the net where he showed how doubles has greatly enhanced his volleying en route to a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 win. He meets Jason Hall next who overcame an ordinary start to beat Jason Bradley 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
- Unseeded Easterner Spas Delev is also through to the third round after a straight sets win over Portugal's Tiago Matías. The twelfth seed was an underdog coming into the match against a more credentialed grass court opponent, and played like the bookies expected as he pushed his way to a 4-6, 3-6 loss. Delev made the play and tried to save a fairly drab affair with a superman dive to collect a volley late in the second set, but it was a promising win for the East CWLander nonetheless. He faces an interesting task of local hope Henry Charles who carries the weight of Britain on his shoulders. The Londoner had no troubles whatsoever against Swede Henrikk Henrikkson in a 6-0, 6-0 win.
- Finally, sixth seed Jojo Mustard came out of his first match unscathed with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Tu Haifeng of Chinese Taipei. The Asian qualifier was game at times, but was clearly overmatched against the highly rated West CWLander who continued a fantastic day for the two CWLand nations with a straight sets win. He was in a bit of trouble at 0-2 and 0-30 in the second set, but he composed himself and claimed the next six games to move into the round of sixteen. He meets Aussie Toby Brookes next after his 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over tenth seed Kim Vollan.
- Seeded players out: Björn Donaldson; Kim Vollan.
- Some bizzare scheduling from the LTA meant there was no doubles action on Wednesday.
- Seeded players out: None.