BB&T ATLANTA OPEN 2014
Pospisil, Sock Advance To Atlanta QFs
by ATP Staff|
Fourth seed Pospisil claimed a 7-5, 6-3 victory over qualifier Illya Marchenko in his opening match, serving 10 aces and breaking serve twice to win in one hour and 33 minutes.
“It wasn’t easy. It was very hot and humid. It was difficult to find a balance between saving my energy and being focused," said Pospisil "I think I balanced both really well. I won the big points today. That was key.”
Pospisil is on the rise again, after overcoming a back injury sustained in January. He has reached the quarter-finals in three of his past four events, including ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. to Becker) and Bogota (l. to Tomic).
Sock, who reached a career-high No. 69 in the Emirates ATP Rankings last week, needed 67 minutes to triumph 6-4, 6-2 against Kiwi qualifier Michael Venus. The 21 year old won 27 of 29 first-serve points (93 per cent) and saved both break points he faced during the second-round encounter. The World No. 72 next faces Lukas Lacko, a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 winner over sixth seed Denis Istomin.
Pospisil and Sock are also the top seeds this week in the doubles draw, with a goal of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, and reunited for a first-round victory Tuesday night. Read More
Israel's Dudi Sela ended Sam Querrey's bid for an eighth ATP World Tour title by eliminating the American 6-2, 6-4 in the second round. Sela won 71 per cent of service points (33 of 46) and broke his opponent four times in 62 minutes.
“I think I am moving pretty well, better than before. I’ve been playing well all year," said Sela. "I just need to keep doing what I’m doing. I need to work a little more on my serve and keep moving my opponents around.”
The 29 year old meets Pospisil in the quarter-finals.
Guccione Bids For Third Straight Title
Chris Guccione, teaming up with a third different Australian partner in as many weeks, joined forces with countryman John-Patrick Smith to edge Newport finalists Jonathan Erlich and Rajeev Ram 3-6, 6-3, 10-6 in the first round. Guccione won the Newport title two weeks ago with Lleyton Hewitt and followed by triumphing in Bogota with Sam Groth.
The No. 3 seeds will next play Nicolas Barrientos and Victor Estrella Burgos, who also prevailed in a Match Tie-break, defeating Thai twins Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana 6-7(2), 6-3, 10-8.