THAILAND OPEN 2013
Berdych, Lopez Reach QFs; Youzhny Advances
by ATP Staff|
Top seed Tomas Berdych was untroubled in his Thailand Open second-round match, defeating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday in Bangkok. Victory for Berdych avenged the defeat he had suffered to Bautista Agut in the Aircel Chennai Open quarter-finals at the start of the season.
Berdych fired 11 aces and saved the five break points he faced to claim his 45th match win of the season. The Czech is looking to claim his first ATP World Tour title of the season and boost his points total in the Emirates ATP Race To London. Berdych is currently fifth in the race, which sees the Top 8 qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Sixth seed Feliciano Lopez defeated Japanese qualifier Go Soeda 7-6(5), 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals. The Spaniard hit 14 aces and saved five of his six break points to advance.
Eastbourne champion Lopez is bidding to reach his fourth ATP World Tour semi-final of the season and goes on to face either third seed Milos Raonic or Marinko Matosevic. The left-hander has a 26-15 match record on the season.
Fifth seed Mikhail Youzhny opened his campaign with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Paolo Lorenzi. The Russian converted three of his 14 break points to win his Bangkok debut in 87 minutes. Youzhny reached the US Open quarter-finals at the start of the month (l. to Djokovic) and has a 33-20 season record.
Youzhny next will challenge Denis Istomin, who dismissed wild card Suk-Young Jeong 6-3, 6-0 in 61 minutes.
Igor Sijsling won an all-Dutch clash with Robin Haase 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(2) to reach his third ATP World Tour quarter-final of the year. He has rediscovered his form after coming into Bangkok on the back of seven straight defeats since July.
Bracciali/Paes Reach QFs
Second seeds Daniele Bracciali and Leander Paes won their team debut, defeating James Cerretani and Adil Shamasdin 7-5, 7-6(4) to reach the quarter-finals. Paes, who has qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with regular partner Radek Stepanek, won the Bangkok title in 2005 (w/ Hanley) and 2008 (w/ Dlouhy).
Fourth seeds Tomasz Bednarek and Johan Brunstrom also advanced, beating Mikhail Elgin and Denis Istomin 6-4, 7-6(5).