Berdych Survives Mannarino In Los Cabos
Querrey prevails on Thursday
Top seed Tomas Berdych survived a scare on Thursday at Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel presentado por Cinemex, rallying from 1-4 down in the final set to reach the quarter-finals over Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. The Czech player is continuing to build on his semi-final run at Wimbledon as he bids for his first ATP World Tour title of the season.
“It was a good test for me because he was really playing well and I had to fight for every point. You appreciate these matches more than winning easily,” said Berdych. “I just had to stay patient and keep believing in myself.”
Mannarino, who reached the final in Antalya this past June (l. Sugita), appeared poised to reach his second ATP World Tour semi-final of the season. But with the match on the Frenchman’s racquet, Berdych used his experience to win the final five games and advance in two hours and seven minutes.
Next up for Berdych is Thanasi Kokkinakis, who prevailed in an all-#NextGenATP battle with American Taylor Fritz 7-6(5), 6-2. The win puts Kokkinakis into his first ATP World Tour semi-final. The 21-year-old was sidelined from singles competition for 18 months with a laundry list of injuries, but returned to singles action this past May. In just his fourth tournament back, he defeated Milos Raonic at the Aegon Championships.
"This week has been great," said Kokkinakis. "I obviously got through a couple of tough matches in the first two rounds, which is good to get through for the confidence, then I think I played my best match of the week today. It was neck and neck in the first set, but I was able to hang tough in the tie-break, then I opened up in the second set, got on top of him and was able to play a little more freely.
"It's going to be tough [against Berdych],” he added. We've practised a few times together and we get along pretty well off the court. It's obviously going to be a tough match. I'm going try and do what I do well and it should be a good match."
Another Wimbledon semi-finalist this year, second seed Sam Querrey, rounded into form with an impressive 6-1, 6-3 quarter-final win over Frenchman Vincent Millot.
“I felt like I played aggressive and did everything right, so that felt good,” said Querrey. “It’s going to get tougher from here, but if I play like I did tonight, I’ll have a good shot.”
The 31-year-old Millot already enjoyed a career-best week in reaching his first ATP World Tour quarter-final. However, he struggled to find answers to the American’s big serving. Querrey didn’t face a break point as he advanced in exactly one hour.
The match was a swift turnaround for Querrey, who needed a final-set tie-break on Wednesday to defeat American qualifier Evan King. Querrey has already enjoyed success this year in Mexico, defeating Rafael Nadal in March to take the title in Acapulco.
Awaiting Querrey in the semi-finals is Damir Dzumhur, who saved three match points to topple fourth seed Feliciano Lopez 6-7(2), 6-4, 7-6(2). Dzumhur squandered a 5-3 lead in the deciding set, but Lopez missed the trio of match points on his serve at 6-5. Dzumhur moves into his first ATP World Tour semi-final of the season.
Cabal/Huey Advance To Final Four
Second seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Treat Huey moved into the semi-finals over Blaz Kavcic and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 7-5, 6-3. They'll play fourth seeds Purav Raja and Divij Sharan after the Indian duo defeated Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak 6-3, 6-4.
Third seeds Marc Lopez and David Marrero enjoyed a comfortable 6-4, 6-4 win over wild cards Matthew Ebden and Manuel Sanchez. Awaiting them in the semi-finals will be Sergio Galdos and Roberto Maytin, who outlasted Jonathan Erlich and Andreas Siljestrom 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 10-7 in one hour and 53 minutes.