Martina Trevisan‘s poor time on the course hasn’t dampened her spirits in the least. She hopes to maintain her place among the world’s top 30 players. A unusual win over the host Szabanin, seasoned by a final break of 12-2, gives the number two seed (and Italy’s number one starting this week) a 6-4 7-5 victory over Kozlova and a spot in the top eight of Budapest’s ‘250’.
Although Trevisan was trailing 1-5 in the second set, she didn’t make any alterations to the replica final and advanced to her first major quarterfinal.
Ruud’s hat trick defense got off to a poor start at Bastad.
Casper Ruud leaves Bastad with a defeat after scoring a hat trick in the previous season. With Francisco Cerundolo in the rematch of their Miami semifinal, the number one seed – and defending champion – is eliminated in the third set on the brink of a tie break following an unusually difficult encounter, particularly in terms of mental fortitude.
Argentina’s Federico Delbonis won 6-4 3-6 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals with Aslan Karatsev, who defeated Hugo Gaston in the same manner. Pablo Carreno Busta’s hard-fought victory over Albert Ramos was also noteworthy in the Swedish ‘250’.
Andy Murray‘s performance against Max Purcell in Newport was less than expected following his walk of health with Sam Querrey. Although he slipped up in the final, the Wimbledon doubles champion (teaming up with Matthew Ebden) won five of the first six games and took control of the match.
Things took a dramatic turn when ‘Sir Andy,’ who entered the match wildly and left only three games on the road at the turn of the second and third sets, put things back on track. The final score of 4-6 6-1 6-2 is symbolic.
The fourth-seeded Alexandr Bublik, who needs three sets to break Jack Sock’s resistance, is waiting for the Brit.