Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff will take on Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarter-finals of the Sardegna Open after overpowering Britain’s No,5 Liam Broady 6-4 6-2 in 81-minutes.
Broady, who had qualified for this event, started strongly by breaking the fifth seed in the second game but Struff, ranked 41, responded by breaking back immediately to stamp his authority on the match.
Broady, ranked 152 – the highest he has been on the ranking lists – faded in the second set as Struff underlined the disparity in their respective rankings with his more powerful serve and fierce forehands.
Basilashvili, the fourth seed, had to save five match points before eventually securing a 4-6 6-4 7-5 victory over Slovakian qualifier Jozef Kovalik.
He survived the tense three-setter played in blustery conditions which affected his aggressive style of play and it wasn’t until the 10th game of the decider that proved crucial.
In what was a marathon game he just held off his opponent who had five chances to break him. The Georgian held and then broke to give himself a chance of serving out, which he duly did.
In other action Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene defeated Belarussian Egor Gerasimov 6-4 7-6(5) in what was aother excellent performance, recovering and early break and then reeling ff there consecutive games to win the first set,
It was a closer contest in the second but once into the tie-break, Bedene stormed into a 4-0 lead to claim victory and a place in quarter-finals.
There his opponent there will be second seed from the US, Taylor Fritz, who enjoyed a relatively easy ride to bring the day’s singles schedule to a close winning 6-2 7-6(2).
The American, recently installed as the American No.1, breezed through the opening set against Slovakian Andrej Martin and the pair traded two breaks each in the second set before Fritz took the tie break 7-4.
In Marbella at the Anytech365 Andalucia Open, the top seeded Pablo Carreno Busta beat Mari Vilella Martinez, a qualifier from Spain, 7-6(2) 6-3 setting up a second round match against seventh seed from Korea Soonwoo Kwon, who cruised past Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis 6-1 6-3.
Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas, the fourth seed, overcame Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis 6-3 4-6 6-3 after 2 hours and 12 minutes.
Ramos Vinolas, will face Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos who reached his fourth career quarter final after beating Argentina’s Federico Delbonis 5-7 7-6(4) 7-6(1).