Donaldson and Mmoh eliminated in Quarter-finals stage, Krajicek defeated by Novikov


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Donaldson and Mmoh eliminated in Quarter-finals stage, Krajicek defeated by Novikov

In shortest match of the day, Thiemo de Bakker easily beat young American with WC, Michael Mmoh by 6-1 6-3. Dutch faced no break points and took the rival's serve 4 times in Mmoh's first 5 service games. That was enough for 6-1 2-0 lead, and after that both players easily held serve until the end of the match.

Other home teen, Jared Donaldson was also beaten, after winning first set. Kavcic was better in the end by 3-6 7-5 6-1, after creating 14 break chances and winning 5 of them. Jared wasn't too far from taking the match, breaking at love in 9th game to bring the result back with serve, but lost his serve in the crucial moment in 12th game.

After that Blaz cruised in third set, losing only 3 points on serve and breaking Jared twice. Two more Slovenians battled for a place in semis, as Grega Zemlja knocked out 5th seed Blaz Rola. Serve let them down both in the beginning, with 4 breaks in first 5 games.

From that moment they served much better, with only two more breaks until the end. Zemlja prevailed 6-2 3-6 6-3, making crucial break in 8th game of third set. In American derby, 8th seed Dennis Novikov beat 1st seed Austin Krajicek 7-6 3-6 7-6 after 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Novikov, firing 18 aces, won just 3 more points in entire match, and he reached Challenger semifinals from mid September. Both served very well, with first break only in eighth game of second set, after 62 minutes of play. Krajicek made it to force decider, but it all came down to third set tie break, where Novikov again played better, just like in first one.

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