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Dimitrov, Rosol Reach QFs

Bucharest 2014

Rosol© Raed KrishanLukas Rosol is the defending champion in Bucharest.

In a contest between two of the ATP’s rising stars, top seed Grigor Dimitrov dismissed Jiri Vesely 7-6(5), 6-2 on Wednesday in the second round of the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy. The Bulgarian, who is the top seed at an ATP World Tour event for the first time, advanced in 83 minutes, breaking serve twice and winning 75 per cent of his service points.

"It's never easy when you play someone for the first time," said Dimitrov. "He's a player I've been observing in the past couple of months so I knew what to expect. He's a big guy, great serve and he gave me a really hard first set. I had to come up with some really good shots. I'm happy that I finished in two sets. It was a good first match for me."

World No. 16 Dimitrov improved to a 17-6 match record on the season, highlighted by winning the ATP World Tour 500 title in Acapulco (d. Anderson) and reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the Australian Open (l. to Nadal).

The 22-year-old Dimitrov goes on to face Sergiy Stakhovsky after the Ukraininan defeated Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2. “Happy to scrape a win from Charly #Berlocq ..he is a pitbull on court,and I am pleased to get a W today,” tweeted Stakhovsky.

Defending champion Lukas Rosol moved closer to retaining his title as he reached the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over eighth seed Jarkko Nieminen.

The Czech saved seven of the eight break points he faced as he won his first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting with Nieminen in 68 minutes. The 28-year-old Rosol won his first ATP World Tour title in Bucharest last year with victory over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

Rosol goes on to face fourth seed Gilles Simon, who battled from a set down to beat home favourite Victor Hanescu 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in just over two hours. Simon is a three-time former champion in Bucharest, lifting the trophy in 2007 (d. Hanescu), 2008 (d. Moya) and 2012 (d. Fognini). The Frenchman has an 18-2 tournament record.

"Victor is a great player. You cannot read his game well. Against him you need to play fast," said Simon. "At the beginning I was a bit tight and like that it was hard to play the good tennis that I needed today. I feel good now and I’m always happy to be back in Bucharest where I have won so many matches in the past. As long as I’m on tour I will always play this tournament."

Top Seeds Reach QFs
Top seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau made a strong start to their Bucharest campaign, dismissing Nicolas Mahut and Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-0 in just under an hour. Romanian Tecau is the two-time defending champion at his home tournament, winning the title in 2012 with Robert Lindstedt and 2013 with Max Mirnyi

‘Polish Power’ Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski reached the quarter-finals as they defeated Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky 6-1, 7-6(4) in 71 minutes. The Poles are looking to win this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament for the second time after victory in 2006 (d. Garcia/Horna).

British duo Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins opened their bid with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Martin Emmrich and Christopher Kas. Fleming and Hutchins are looking to win their first title together since 2012 Eastbourne.

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