On the second day we already saw some really good matches. Geerts (ATP 391) and Mertens (ATP 467) defeated the American-Italian couple Zane Khan (ATP 1005) and Luca Nardi (ATP 917) in the first doubles match of the tournament. Two sets (6-4, 7-6) were enough to qualify for the quarter-finals in the doubles.
Feliciano López , number 62 on the ATP-ranking, won his first round match this afternoon. The smooth victory (6-3, 6-2) against Tommy Paul (ATP 59) gave him a place in the next round. López , who is already taking part in the European Open for the third time, is looking forward to the rest of the tournament. “My focus now is on finishing a good tennis week here in Antwerp. It’s difficult to look further into the future, because you can’t plan much in these times. I just want to play as many matches as possible, I cannot put another goal for the time being”, dixit the now 39-year-old Spaniard.
Dusan Lajovic (ATP 25) did not manage to win against the 22-year-old American Frances Tiafoe. The 30-year-old Serb was defeated in two sets (3-6, 6-7). The final match of the day was fought on centre court between Kimmer Coppejans (ATP 172) and Ugo Humbert (ATP 38). Humbert, who reached the semifinals last year but lost to Andy Murray, defeated the Belgian in two sets.