Jan Lennard Struff led the German campaign in Munich where he successfully negotiated his way past Slovenian Lucky Loser Andrej Martin 6-4 6-3 to reach round two of the BMW Open.
He was one of six Germans in action and required just 76-minutes to complete his straight sets win before joining the top seeded Alexander Zverev who had a bye and being joined by wild card Yannick Hanfmann and Dominik Koepfer.
Struff was too a 4-2 lead and despite Martin levelling at 4-4, always looked in control taking the opener two games later and breaking in the second game of the second set to go on and take the match.
Koepfer came back from one set down to beat his compatriot, three-time Munich champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6 6-4 6-3 after 2 hours and 24 minutes wild card Hanfmann overcame Japan’s Taro Daniel 6-2 3-6 7-6(5).
American qualifier Mackenzie McDonald broke once in each set in his 6-4 6-4 win over 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters finalist Dusan Lajovic and will face Belarussian qualifier Ilya Ivashka, 6-1 6-2 winner over Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori.
Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay overcame two-time Australian Open quarter finalist Tennys Sandgren of the US, 7-4(4) 0-6 6-1 to set up a second round match against 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters semi-finalist Casper Ruud from Norway.
Colombian qualifier Daniel Elahi Galan beat this year’s Miami Open quarter finalist Sebastian Korda of the US 6-1 7-6(7) after 87-minutes.
At one point, Korda dropped nine consecutive games from 1-1 in the first set but eventually rallied from 2-5 to force a tight tie-break which Galan took.
The Colombian will face the 20121 Doha champion, the fifth seed, Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili who in turn defeated Brazilian Thiago Monteiro 6-2 6-3.
Basilashvili, who clinched his fourth ATP title in Qatar last month, had little difficulty as he started his bid for a fifth, converting five of his seven break point opportunities.