BMW Open 2022 Day 1 roundup: Alex Molcan wins thriller, Miomir Kecmanovic advances

The match of the day was undoubtedly played between Alex Molcan and Norbert Gombos with the scoreline reading 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (9-7).

Alex Molcan in a file photo. (Image: Twitter/ATP Tour)

If day 1 of the 2022 BMW Open is anything to go by then fans certainly will have a treat on their hands. There were three matches that saw tie-breaks and every single one of them was exhilarating. There might not have been any of the big names in tennis on opening day but it was certainly one that any tennis fan could enjoy from a neutral perspective. The match of the day was undoubtedly played between Alex Molcan and Norbert Gombos. The scoreline at the end of the tie was 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (9-7) in Molcan’s favour. The third set was a thing of thrilling beauty as fans kept their eyes glued on the contest and were on the edge of their seats throughout. Molcan will have a tough test in the second round as he will have to go up against second seed Casper Ruud.

Seventh seed Miomir Kecmanovic was in action on the first day and he recorded a comfortable victory against unseeded German player Max Hans Rehberg. The Serbian won the match in straight sets, with the scoreline reading 6-2, 6-3. Kecmanovic will be going up against another German in the form of Daniel Altemier in the next round.

Elsewhere, Kecmanovic’s compatriot, Jiri Lehecka fell to a tough defeat against Holger Rune of Norway. The first set itself had gone to a tie-break which Rune managed to win and things were a lot more comfortable for the Norwegian in the second set. The scoreline at the end of the match read 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 in Rune’s favour. He will face top seed Alexander Zverev in the next round.

Nishioka, Kohlschreiber bid adieu

Japanese tennis player Yoshihito Nishioka was beaten by Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori in what was a nail-biting encounter. The score at the tie was 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 in the Finn’s favour. Nishioka gave it his all to save the match and he did push Ruusuvuori to the limit but it was just not enough.

Philipp Kohlschreiber, a multiple-time winner of the BMW Open, was also dealt a first-round exit by fellow German Daniel Altmaeir. One word to describe the match would be ‘intense’. The scoreline at the end of the tie was 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-1 in Altmaeir’s favour.

Sixth seed Daniel Evans also had a match scheduled for Monday against US’ Maxim Cressy but it was suspended after only a couple of games. The match between Marton Fucsovics and John Milman was cancelled.

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