BARCELONA OPEN BANC SABADELL 2013
Berlocq To Challenge Nadal In Barcelona Second Round
by ATP Staff|
Carlos Berlocq will challenge second seed and seven-time champion Rafael Nadal in the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell second round on Wednesday after he beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 40 minutes. In their only FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting, Berlocq lost to Nadal in three sets in the Brasil Open 2013 quarter-finals in Sao Paulo.
Tomas Berdych was forced to work for his spot in the third round on Tuesday. The third-seeded Czech, who is competing at the ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tournament for the fourth time, saved one match point at 4-5 in the second set to beat former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. It was the third time this season that Berdych won a match after saving match point.
Berdych improved to a 3-9 FedEx ATP Head 2 Head record against two-time semi-finalist Davydenko, and to a 23-7 match record on the season – fourth best overall on the ATP World Tour. He will next play either 14th seed Grigor Dimitrov or Tommy Robredo, the 2004 titlist.
Bernard Tomic defeated qualifier Kenny de Schepper 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to set up a clash against seventh seed Juan Monaco. Qualifier Ernests Gulbis overcame No. 12 seed and 2010 champion Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4 in 85 minutes, losing just six of his first service points and saving all three break points he faced.
Lindstedt/Nestor Scrape Through Doubles Opener
Third seed Robert Lindstedt and Daniel Nestor edged past Nicolas Almagro and Nenad Zimonjic 6-1, 2-6, 16-14. Zimonjic partnered Julien Benneteau to the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters doubles title on Sunday (d. Bryans).
Earlier in the day, British duo Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray broke serve once and held their nerve to beat fourth seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-4, 2-6, 10-6 in 69 minutes. They will next play Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the quarter-finals.