Order of Play for Day 2 Confirmed Plus Review of Day 1
The Boodles 2013 continues on Wednesday with more stellar names in action. Former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych will be looking to add polish to his grasscourt game when he takes on entertaining Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the opening match.
A pair of big-serving Americans take centre stage for the second and third matches of the day. Californian Sam Querrey will try to combat the Gallic tennis flare of Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the second match. The imposing figure of John Isner plays the final match of the day (scheduled not before 5pm) against Colombian Santiago Giraldo.
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.
Order of Play - Wednesday 19 June 2013 (2.30pm start)
Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
Sam Querrey (USA) v Richard Gasquet (FRA)
Followed by (not before 5pm)
John Isner (USA) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)
We wish you a wonderful day - let’s raise a glass of Veuve Cliquot to some spectacular tennis.