Rosol Edges Haase In Sofia Opener
Czech player nets first win at inaugural event
Lukas Rosol got the better of Robin Haase 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 48 minutes on Monday at the inaugural edition of the Garanti Koza Sofia Open. It was the pair's fourth three-setter in five meetings.
Afterwards Rosol, who is now 6-3 on the season, explained to ATPWorldTour.com, "It's always a battle. I got lucky at the end, as Robin is playing good tennis. It's always about one or two points. After the Australian Open, which is outdoors, to then move indoors, is tricky. It's a different game and I'm happy with the result."
The Czech was also impressed by the new ATP World Tour 250 tournament. "The stadium and court is nice to play on," he added. "I came here on Friday to get used to the conditions. They do a good job and make you feel comfortable, so I wish the organisers well in the future."
Seventh seed Martin Klizan required 59 minutes to beat wild card Alexander Lazov, making his ATP World Tour debut, 6-3, 6-0. He lost just two of his first service points.
Qualifier Mirza Basic overcame Yuki Bhambri 6-3, 7-6(4) in 85 minutes. "I was a little bit tired, having now played three matches in three days, but I am happy to have won," said Basic. "His serve was tricky."
Roberto Bautista Agut, Viktor Troicki, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Andreas Seppi are the top four seeds.