Dolgopolov Takes Out Cuevas In Buenos Aires
Berlocq upsets Ferrer on Thursday
Alexandr Dolgopolov provided the first major upset at the Argentina Open, putting in a solid performance on Thursday to move into the quarter-finals over second seed Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 7-6(4).
A lone break of serve was all the Ukranian needed to capture the opening set. Both players traded routine service holds throughout the second set, but Dolgopolov rallied from 1/4 down in the tie-break to win the final six points and prevail in one hour and 18 minutes.
Dolgopolov improves his FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Cuevas to 2-0, with his previous win over the Uruguayan coming three years ago in Buenos Aires.
Next up for him is Gerald Melzer, a 7-6(4), 6-3 winner over local qualifier Guido Andreozzi. The Austrian didn’t drop serve in moving into his first ATP World Tour quarter-final of the year.
Carlos Berlocq delighted the local crowd with a convincing 6-4 6-2 victory over third seed David Ferrer. The Argentine never lost the lead throughout the match, dominating the baseline rallies against the three-time champion to record an upset win in one hour and 26 minutes.
Next up for Berlocq in the quarter-finals is Thiago Monteiro, who needed all of his clay-court prowess to move past former Top 5 player Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-4 in the last match of the day. The lone meeting between Berlocq and Monteiro came this past May on the ATP Challenger Tour, with Monteiro prevailing in the final of the $100,000 event in Aix-en-Provence, France. The Brazilian is looking to reach his first-ever ATP World Tour semi-final.