PBZ ZAGREB INDOORS 2012
Berrer Stuns Ljubicic; Dodig Begins Zagreb Title Defence
by ATP Staff|
Berrer, the runner-up the past two years, broke Ljubicic for the third time in the ninth game of the second set, and served out the victory at love to advance in one hour and 25 minutes. The two were meeting for the first time.
The 31-year-old German, aiming to win his first ATP World Tour title, will face Jurgen Melzer in the quarter-finals. Former World No. 8 Melzer, a qualifier this week in Zagreb, saved five of six break points and hit nine aces to beat fifth seed Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-2, 6-3.
"I need to play matches before Davis Cup to gain confidence," said Melzer. "In the first two qualification rounds, I was still jet-lagged having come from Australia on Wednesday night. It was a very good decision to come here to play, as I'd only be training back in Vienna. I am very happy with the way I am playing at the moment, not quite as I was in 2010, but I don't think you should compare."
Dodig fired 21 aces and won 88 per cent of his first serve points. The No. 4 seed converted the lone break of serve in the 11th game of the second set, and consolidated to close out the match in two hours and four minutes.
By virtue of Dodig's victory, all eight seeds advanced to the second round for the first time in tournament history.
The Croat will play Guillermo Garcia-Lopez for a place in the quarter-finals. Garcia-Lopez knocked out British qualifier Daniel Evans 6-4, 1-6, 6-1. Evans, 21, is now 0-10 in ATP World Tour-level play.
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