British No.2 Cameron Norrie (Glasgow) showed impressive fight to beat Jeremy Chardy 6-3 7-6(4), saving a set point at 5-6 in the second set, before going on to clinch the win on his first match point opportunity at the men’s Nature Valley International event in Eastbourne.
Norrie’s win sets up an all-British second round clash against Kyle Edmund, who’s seeded No.3 at Eastbourne, in the third match on Centre Court on Wednesday.
Dan Evans (Birmingham) showed impressive fighting spirit to beat No.8 seed Radu Albot on Tuesday.
Evans faced 10 break points during the opening set, saving nine of them and eventually clinching the set in a tiebreak. He secured two breaks in the second serve to run out the winner, 7-6(2) 6-2, and advance to a second-round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
“I was a bit lethargic at the start, but I got going and I’m pretty happy with the end of that match,” said Evans. “It’s a great week for me here to try and get some points on the board again.”
Qualifier James Ward (London) and wild card Jay Clarke (Derby) both lost hard-fought first round matches. Ward fell to fellow qualifier Thomas Fabbiano 2-6 6-3 6-1, while Clarke also won the opening set before conceding to Juan Ignacio Londero 6-7(5) 6-1 6-3.
In the men’s doubles, tournament top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah beat Andy Murray and Marcelo Melo 6-2 6-4 in what Murray described as a “tricky” match.
“Playing a match within 40 hours of finishing (at Queen’s) is quite a quick turn around,” said Murray. “Conditions here very different conditions to Queen’s court. It’s really slow out there. They returned extremely well, both of them, off both of our serves. Made it tough for both of us.”