To put it in one word, day 3 of the 2022 edition of the BMW Open was unpredictable. The seven matches played on the day saw a couple of shocks and a number of incredible performances. The biggest result of the day has to be the exit of top seed and tournament favourite Alexander Zverev. Fifth seed Cristian Garin also fell to an unexpected defeat as a number of unseeded players made their mark in the historic German tournament. With the final of the competition only three days away, here are all the thrills and spills from day 3 of the 2022 BMW Open.
Home favourite and top seed Alexander Zverev would definitely want to forget about Wednesday as he fell to a shocking defeat against Norway’s Holger Rune. The scoreline at the end of the match was 6-3, 6-2. It was a pretty crushing defeat for Zverev who not only is ranked way higher than Rune but also had the home support. Ther German simply could not find his rhythm throughout the tie and will have to go back to the drawing board.
Fifth seed and Chilean superstar Cristian Garin also fell to an unexpected defeat at the hands of his compatriot, Alejandro Tabilo. Much like with Zverev, the defeat was a crushing one for Garin as the scoreline read 6-3, 6-4. Tabilo seemed to have an answer for everything Garin threw at him and more. He will face France’s Hugo Gaston in the next round of the competition.
While things went wrong for Zverev and Garin, fourth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili recorded a sound comeback victory over Ilya Ivashka. The scoreline at the end of the tie was 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 with the Georgian taking the last couple of sets. Basilashvili, who has had a mixed season so far, will face seventh seed Miomir Kecmanovic in what will be a feisty encounter in the next round.
Seventh seed Kecmanovic was a comfortable victor against Germany’s Daniel Altmaeir on Wednesday. The scoreline, which was in the Serbian’s favour, read 6-2, 6-4. Eighth seed Botic van de Zandschulp also recorded a comfortable victory on the day as he beat Brandon Nakashima of the US. The Dutchman never seemed to be in doubt as he emerged victorious by a score of 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori bet Maxime Cressy of the US 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals while Egor Gerasimov beat John Millman 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.