ERSTE BANK OPEN 2013
Stepanek, Rosol Reach Vienna QFs; Monfils Upset
by ATP Staff|
Radek Stepanek was made to work hard for a place in the Erste Bank Open quarter-finals on Wednesday when he beat Lukas Lacko 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(5) in two hours and 43 minutes. Stepanek hit 15 aces for his ninth match win in Vienna. The 2005 semi-finalist will next face second seed Tommy Haas or qualifier Miloslav Mecir.
Czech Jaroslav Pospisil, 32, earned a place in the main draw after Australian Marinko Matosevic withdrew with a right shoulder injury, and scored a huge upset over sixth seed Gael Monfils. It was his first match win in his seventh main draw appearance on the ATP World Tour.
Though Monfils fired 16 aces, the 213th-ranked Pospisil broke the Frenchman four times from 11 opportunities. “You have to give credit,” said Monfils, who had arrived in Vienna following a quarter-final effort in Shanghai. “He played a tough match and I gave everything I can.”
Eighth seed Lukas Rosol advanced to his fourth ATP World Tour quarter-final (or better) of the season with a 6-3, 7-5 win over qualifier Mirza Basic. He won his first title at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy (d. Garcia-Lopez) in April. Rosol awaits the winner of fourth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber or qualifier Ruben Bemelmans.
Lukasz Kubot, who reached his first major championships quarter-final at Wimbledon (l. to Janowicz) in June, proved to be too strong for Florian Mayer in a 7-6(1), 6-4 first-round win. It was his first victory over Mayer in three FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings.
Murray/Peers Advance To Doubles QFs
Jamie Murray and John Peers, who started the week tied 10th in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings, continued their bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The fourth seeds defeated Daniel Gimeno-Traver and Jan Hajek 6-0, 4-6, 10-6 in 56 minutes.
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