Liam Broady benefitted from top seed Sam Groth retiring while Lloyd Glasspool won his first career Challenger main draw match against Australian Andrew Whittington at the ATP Challenger $50k + H in Bangkok, Thailand earlier today, meaning three British main are in the second round.
— Bob in Spain (@ExpatTennisFan) May 17, 2016
Glasspool, who had successfully come through qualifying for a Challenger event for the first time, served 72% of his first serves into play and won convincingly against the Aussie, 6-4 6-0, to set up a much tougher-looking second round clash against fourth seed Lukas Lacko of Slovakia.
The Brit is ranked over 200 places behind the Slovakian, but the fourth seed did struggle to overcome his South African opponent in the first round, being taken to three long sets, to Glasspool may well benefit from being the fresher of the two players.
Meanwhile, Liam Broady was the latest player to benefit from Aussie top seed Sam Groth’s horrific 2016 form, picking up the first set 6-4 before the top seed had to retire due to injury. It’s the second consecutive match Groth has retired in, and the Aussie has now lost 15 out of 19 matches this year. Broady will not care though, although will need to up his game against Irish qualifier Sam Barry in the second round: the Brit has lost both of their previous meetings, with the latest coming in a $10k final in Doha back in 2013.