POWER HORSE CUP 2013
Troicki Beats Russell In Dusseldorf; Bedene Ousts Davydenko
by ATP Staff|
Viktor Troicki is on course for an all-Serbian quarter-final clash with top seed Janko Tipsarevic after reaching the second round of the Power Horse Cup on Tuesday in Dusseldorf with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over American Michael Russell.
The seventh-seeded Troicki advanced in just under two hours, converting four of his five break points in the pair’s first encounter. The 27 year old is bidding to reach his first ATP World Tour final since 2011 this week and goes on to face Grega Zemlja.
Zemlja saved 13 of 15 break points and hit 11 aces in a 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 win over David Goffin, who drops to a 7-14 mark on the season.
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Aljaz Bedene, a lucky loser who replaced Dmitry Tursunov in the draw, made the most of his opportunity. Bedene recorded a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over former World No. 3 and eighth seed Nikolay Davydenko, who was playing his sixth week in a row. Davydenko has lost his past four matches.
"The beginning was not the best for me. I went down a break early, I didn't expect it, but Nikolay was playing better," said Bedene. "In the middle of the second set, I started to feel the ball better. At the end, I think I was the better player."
Igor Sijsling won his first clay-court match of the season. The top Dutchman fired 15 aces past qualifier Evgeny Korolev for a 6-2, 6-4 victory in 57 minutes. He lost five points on his first serve and goes on to face fourth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round. Sijsling's biggest win came over World No. 8 Tsonga at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
Top Seeds Bid For First Title
Top seeds Colin Fleming and 2012 Wimbledon champion Jonathan Marray beat German wild cards Dustin Brown and Frank Moser 7-6(2), 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals. The British duo converted one of their five break points to prevail in 87 minutes. They are bidding to win their first team title this week.
Marray’s partner at last year’s Wimbledon, Frederik Nielsen, also advanced. He and Andre Sa were the first team through to the semi-finals with a 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 victory over Jonathan Erlich and Dmitry Tursunov.
Third seeds Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot failed to convert any of their four break point opportunities but held their nerve to beat Philipp Marx and Florin Mergea 5-7, 7-6(2), 10-2 in just over 90 minutes.