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Andy reached the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, defeating Martin Klizan in three sets in his opening match at the Weiner Stadthalle.
After a tricky hold in the opening game, Andy appeared to be continuing where he left off in China, but yet another unnecessary argument with umpire Carlos Bernardes over a disallowed Hawk-Eye challenge his level dropped and the second set was ultimately lost. The third was won in a little over fifteen minutes.
Nonetheless, Andy's serve left much to be desired on Wednesday evening: his ball toss seemed off and at times his service motion appeared rather sloppy, as if he was collapsing into the ball rather than striking it with precision and power. As a result Andy's first serve percentage averaged at 54% for the match and 48% in the second set. The improvements Andy has made to his second serve were not always apparent, and Klizan was often seen ripping forehand return winners off Andy's second delivery.
Against Gilles Simon in the second round Andy's serve will need to be firing. The Frenchman is consistently amongst the best returners on tour, and in their recent semi-final encounter in Shanghai Simon broke Andy three times in two sets. Andy, though, responded with fire and carved out twelve break points, converting six, to win in two sets.
The two have played each other seventeen times, with Andy holding a dominant 15-2 win-loss record over Simon. That said their matches can often be scrappy affairs, as both defend so well and are able to frustrate their opponent into errors. This will be their third match this season, with Andy yet to drop a set.
The match is scheduled to be played fourth, with an estimated start time of 6pm local time, 5pm BST.