The top two seeds Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pleased the French crowd on Thursday evening at the Open 13 Marseille as they both advanced to the quarter-finals with straight-sets wins.
Monfils needed just 57 minutes to dismiss qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-1, 6-4. The right-hander dropped just eight points on serve as he set a quarter-final clash with countryman Richard Gasquet. The pair have met 12 times, with Monfils leading their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 7-5.
The 30-year-old Monfils is returning to action this week for the first time since his fourth-round showing at the Australian Open (l. to Nadal). The Frenchman, who qualified for the ATP Finals for the first time last year, is looking to go one better than his run in Marseille in 2015, when he finished runner-up to Gilles Simon.
Novak Djokovic is delighted his Latin American fans by announcing he will make his ATP World Tour debut in the region after accepting a wild card into the Abierto Mexicano Telecel.
The World No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings joins a stellar field that features five other players inside the Top 10, including Milos Raonic, Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic Dominic Thiem and David Goffin. Rounding out the lineup are Juan Martin del Potro, Nick Kyrgios and Ivo Karlovic.
"This is great news for the tournament. We’re very pleased to have the World No. 2 in the Acapulco field. The public will be very happy and we’re treating it like a big party,” said Acapulco tournament director Raul Zurutuza. "Novak and Rafa are two great players that give very important value to the tournament. Also having Raonic, del Potro and Goffin in the field will make this a great event.”
Fourth seed Sam Querrey moved forward with his title defence on Thursday at the Delray Beach Open, scoring a convincing 6-2, 6-3 win over fellow American and doubles partner Jared Donaldson to reach the quarter-finals.
“I was just swinging freely through everything and did a good job of committing to it,” said Querrey. “Even if I’m missing, I’m trying to keep doing it if it’s the right play. That’s what I’ve been working on a lot the past couple of days.”
Querrey fired 13 aces and didn’t drop serve, breaking his opponent three times to wrap up victory in exactly one hour. He improved his FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Donaldson to 2-0. The American pair will take the court again during the night session for their first-round doubles match against top seeds Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan.
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Top seed Timea Babos is through to the quarterfinals at the Hungarian Ladies Open after a hard-fought victory over qualifier Anna Blinkova, 6-3, 6-2.
The straightforward score line belied the struggle for the Hungarian No.1 as she took on one of Russia's most promising young talents.
"It was not an easy start," Babos explained to wtatennis.com after the match. "I didn´t really know my opponent, only that she is a young up-and-coming player who plays very aggressive.
#NextGenATP star Daniil Medvedev reached his third ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season on Thursday as he defeated Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3) at the Open 13 Marseille.
The 21-year-old Russian also battled through his first-round match against eighth seed Benoit Paire in a third-set tie-break and now has an 8-4 mark on the season. He edged Struff in one hour and 43 minutes, saving a break point in the ninth game of the deciding set before going on to claim the tie-break.
"It was a very tough match," said Medvedev. "My opponent played really good tennis and served amazing. I'm proud that I took the only break chance that I had to win the set and that I could get through a few tough moments on my serve. In the tie-break, I was just more consistent than him. It was another tough win for me and I'm really happy to be in the quarter-finals."
DUBAI, UAE - Last week, historic rainfall wreaked havoc on the Qatar Total Open schedule, where former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki reached the final.
Now it's looking like the bad weather has followed her across the Gulf all the way to Dubai, where it delayed the start of her quarterfinal against CiCi Bellis.
Wozniacki, whose nickname is "Sunshine," has figured out the culprit behind all of Dubai's weather woes:
DUBAI, UAE - Top seed Angelique Kerber needed just over an hour to move into her first semifinal of 2017 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after defeating Ana Konjuh in straight sets.
The World No.2 employed her solid brand of tennis against the big hitting 19-year-old, staying calm against Konjuh's barrage of winners to advance 6-3, 6-2.
"I'm really happy about the match today," Kerber told press after the victory. "I mean, it was a tough one, because Ana is a tough opponent. She's going for it. You have to play until the last point so it's nice to get through in two sets."