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Unseeded Broady and Fery lose in Nottingham Open Last-16
The Nottingham Open witnessed a day of surprises as unseeded Liam Broady and Arthur Fery lost to their respective opponents in the last 16 round.
Broady Outplayed by Shimabukuro
Broadly failed to make it pass Japan’s Sho Shimabukuro, losing 7-6 (7-4) 6-4. Despite being ranked higher than his opponent, Broady was outplayed throughout the match with Shimabukuro getting the first break in the fifth game. Though Broady managed to get a break back later on, he eventually conceded defeat after losing a tie-break.
Fery No Match for Koepfer
In another match that didn’t go Britain’s way, Arthur Fery lost against Dominik Koepfer who is currently ranked at number five. The German broke Fery’s serve early in both sets leaving him unable to fight back and ultimately winning 6-4 6-2.
A minute’s silence was held on Centre Court before these matches began following an attack earlier this week where three people were killed and another three injured in Nottingham city centre.
Murray Awaits Next Opponent
All eyes are now set on Andy Murray who won his previous tournament – Surbiton Trophy – just last week after defeating Benoit Paire. He will be playing France’s Hugo Grenier next while hoping to move up from rank #44 so that he can secure a top seed position for Wimbledon if he wins again.
If Murray wins Thursday’s match against Grenier, he could face fellow Brit Ryan Peniston or either Denis Kudla of the United States or Switzerland’s Dominic Stricker in the quarter-finals.
In the women’s event, former British number one Heather Watson will be taking on Germany’s Tatjana Maria who is ranked 66th in the world. Meanwhile, Britain’s current top-ranked player Katie Boulter will need to win her match against Daria Snigur of Ukraine if she hopes to remain at the top spot.
The Nottingham Open has been full of surprises so far and we can’t wait to see what happens next.