The tournament began in style on Tuesday with an entertaining encounter between Janko Tipsarevic and rising star Grigor Dimitrov, with Tipsarevic edging out the young gun from Bulgaria 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 10-4 (in match tiebreak).
“This is only my second day on the grass. I was a little bit sick after the French Open so I took seven days off. In terms of ball hitting and serving and volleying, I’m feeling quite confident,” Tipsarevic told the crowd afterwards.
The match marked Dimitrov’s first outing on Stoke Park’s magnificent grass courts but he looked right at home. “The court was very, very good I enjoyed it a lot. I haven’t had that much fun in a while and it was a great atmosphere,” he said.
Defending The Boodles champion Marin Cilic made a happy return to Stoke Park in his match against Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia. Cilic won 7-5, 6-2 in an hour and fifteen minutes. “I love coming to The Boodles because it’s a little bit away from everything and it feels very relaxed. It’s a nice atmosphere and a good way to get practice on the grass.”
Sergiy Stakhovsky wrapped up proceedings on Day 1 with a 64 76(5) victory of Santiago Giraldo.
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