POWER HORSE CUP 2013
Pella Upsets Tipsarevic In Dusseldorf; Haas, Monaco Reach QFs
by ATP Staff|
Guido Pella, who celebrated his 23rd birthday five days ago, recorded the biggest win of his career Wednesday. The Argentinean qualifier, currently No. 101 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, reached his first ATP World Tour quarter-final with a 7-6(1), 6-1 win over top seed and World No. 10 Janko Tipsarevic at the Power Horse Cup 2013.
Tipsarevic, who won his fourth ATP World Tour title at the Aircel Chennai Open (d. Bautista Agut) in January, dropped to an 11-11 match record on the season after the 89-minute loss. Pella will next play seventh seed Viktor Troicki, a 6-3, 7-6(3) victor over Grega Zemlja.
Second seed Tommy Haas will look to avenge his Australian Open first round loss to sixth seed Jarkko Nieminen in the last eight. Haas, 35, who has a 3-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Nieminen, beat Ivan Dodig 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in two hours. Nieminen overcame Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in two hours and 33 minutes.
"It was a tough battle," said Haas. "I was close to losing, down 4-5, 15/30 in the third set. Ivan played a terrific match. It was tough conditions, with rain in between. It wasn’t the best for my old bones. Jarkko is a very experienced player and it will be good to get revenge tomorrow."
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Fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber, the No. 4 seed, crashed out in his opening match against Igor Sijsling. The 68th-ranked Dutchman fired 13 aces and converted two of his five break points in a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over the recent Munich finalist.
Third-seeded wild card Juan Monaco didn't suffer the same fate as Tipsarevic and Kohlschreiber when he defeated 30-year-old Andre Ghem 6-4, 6-4 to reach his third quarter-final of the year. Ghem won his first tour-level match in February 2006 at Costa do Sauipe (d. Kuerten).
“It is always nice to play at a place where you have good memories,” said Monaco. “I played really well today. I knew from the beginning that the weather was not great. I now play Tobias Kamke, a good player who will have the support of the crowd.”
Local Pair Reach Quarter-finals
Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich delighted German fans mid-afternoon when they beat Indians Rohan Bopanna and Purav Raja 6-4, 6-2 in 59 minutes. They next challenge Ivan Dodig and Lukas Rosol.