Ferrer's Battles To Win In Hamburg; Kamke Upsets Dolgopolov
by ATP Staff|
World No. 7 David Ferrer remains on course to capture his 22nd ATP World Tour title at the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg. The top seed struck nine aces past No. 16 Andreas Seppi for a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory Thursday in one hour and 54 minutes. It was his eighth straight win over the Italian.
Ferrer goes on to meet fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar, who beat home favourite Dustin Brown 6-1, 6-2 in just 63 minutes. Andujar broke serve four times from six opportunities as he notched his ninth win of the season.
The No. 83-ranked Kamke won 11 points fewer than Dolgopolov and both players
broke serve three times, but it was the right-hander who came out on top in
just over two hours. World No. 21 Dolgopolov dropped to a 26-16 match record
on the season, highlighted by reaching the Rio de Janeiro final (l. to Nadal).
"It really means a lot to me, especially here in my hometown in Hamburg," said Kamke. "To reach the quarter-finals of this event is very special for me and it was very emotional out there for me today."
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The 28-year-old Kamke is looking to reach his first ATP World Tour final this week and for a place in the semi-finals will take on 17-year-old Alexander Zverev.
Lukas Rosol saved all seven break points he faced to beat third seed Tommy Robredo, the 2006 champion, 7-5, 7-6(6) in one hour and 46 minutes. Rosol will play the winner of the final match of the day, seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat No. 12 seed and 2011 titlist Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-3.
World No. 46 Leonardo Mayer reached his fourth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season as he defeated Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-2. The Argentine saved the four break points he faced and converted three of his seven opportunities on Thiem's serve to clinch victory in 74 minutes. Mayer is bidding to reach his second ATP World Tour final, having finished runner-up earlier this year on clay in Vina del Mar (l. to Fognini).
Mixed Fortunes For Doubles Seeds
Last year's finalists Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, the top seeds, scraped past Colin Fleming and Julian Knowle 6-0, 6-7(4), 11-9 in 89 minutes for a place in the semi-finals. Second seeds and 2012 champions David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco lost to Roland Garros semi-finalists, Marin Draganja and Florin Mergea 7-6(6), 4-6, 12-10 in just over 90 minutes.