Two-time winner Thomaz Bellucci and defending champion Pablo Andujar will meet in the Swiss Open Gstaad quarter-finals after both players advanced with straight-sets wins Wednesday.
The fifth-seeded Bellucci needed one hour to dismiss Frenchman Stephane Robert 6-3, 6-2, while fourth seed Andujar defeated Serbian Dusan Lajovic 7-5, 6-2 in one hour and 45 minutes.
Bellucci has won three titles on Swiss soil, including the Gstaad title in 2009 (d. A. Beck) and 2012 (d. Tipsarevic). The Brazilian holds a 3-2 edge over Andujar in the FedEx ATP Head2Head series, taking the lead after coming from two sets down to defeat the Spaniard …read more
When Mardy Fish was in need of a fresh pair of socks Tuesday night during his BB&T Atlanta Open first-round match, the former World No. 1 made the ultimate sacrifice: He gave Fish his own socks.
“I wear the low socks and my shoes were really wet, so I was asking for my trainer to run back and get some socks,” Fish explained. “Andy was nice enough to take his off his feet and try to get them to me, and I threw them away. I don’t want those!”
The two-time Atlanta champion, who announced …read more
Aljaz Bedene ousted third seed Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(2), 7-6(7) at the bet-at-home Open on Wednesday.
The Brit saved four of the five break points he faced in the almost two-hour match to advance to the quarter-finals. Bedene will next face eighth seed Fabio Fognini, a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 winner over Albert Ramos-Vinolas. The Italian improved his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against the Spaniard to 6-0.
Fifth seed Pablo Cuevas set a second-round clash with Jerzy Janowicz after beating Diego Schwartzman 7-6(4), 6-4.
Lucas Pouille reached the last eight after knocking out sixth seed Juan Monaco. The French qualifier broke on five …read more