Sunday was a day of mostly qualifiers in Mason. However the Men’s Singles Draw and Men’s Double Draw began 1st Round matches.
(14) Kyle Edmund vs Mackenzie McDonald
The first match of the main draw of the Western and Southern Open gave us the young Brit Kyle Edmund facing off against a young American Mackenzie McDonald.
Right away Edmund tried to pick up the pace of the match. Serving fairly early in the new serve clock, Edmund followed with aggressive play jumping out to an early lead and cruised to a first set victory in just 29 minutes. It looked like Edmund would fly through the second set going up 5-0 in just 21 minutes. However McDonald would not go quietly winning the next two before finally sucommbing to Edmund.
Edmund def McDonald 6-3, 6-2
Phillip Kohschreiber/Fernando Verdasco vs Leonardo Mayer/Albert Ramos-Vinolas
This match was originally supposed to be Kohlschreiber andVerdasco against Diego Schwartzman and Dominic Thiem. However Thiem withdrew due to illness and the duo was replace by the team of Mayer and Ramos-Vinolas. At last report Thiem was still in the singles draw.
Mayer/Ramos-Vinolas took the fist set in a very tight match They scored their only break of the match in the first set.
The second set saw Kohlschreiber/Verdasco mount a comeback and dominate most of the set.
The tie-breaker was pretty much a continuation of the second set with Kohschreiber/Verdasco dominating.
Kohlschreiber/Verdasco def. Mayer/Ramos-Vinolas 4-6, 6-2, 10-4