World number 114 Taro Daniel has come to Istanbul with two ATP wins under his belt earned at Indian Wells (one of those came against Novak Djokovic) and he is now through to his first quarter-final in a year after a commanding 6-2 6-2 win over the 4th seed Aljaz Bedene in an hour and 20 minutes. Playing for the third straight week, Bedene didn't have much in the tank and he struggled on both serve and return to end on the losing side.
The Japanese lost 12 points in eight service games, saving both break points to keep his games intact, and he won 50% of the return points to break his rival four times from eight chances he created. The first break came in game three after a poor drop shot from Bedene and he found himself 4-1 down after netting a forehand in game five.
Taro saved a break point in game six and he held at 15 at 5-2 to wrap up the opening set. The third game of the second set proved to be the longest of the match and Aljaz got broken after another unforced error, smashing the ball far in the empty stands in frustration.
His forehand landed long in game five again and just like in the opening set he sent Daniel 4-1 up, with not much time to perform a comeback. Taro was not interesting in spending extra time on the court and he sealed the deal with a service winner in game eight, booking his place in the quarters and hoping for more of the same in his next test against Rogerio Dutra Silva on Friday.
34-year-old Rogerio Dutra Silva is through to his second quarter-final of the season after a 6-2 6-3 win over the 6th seed Viktor Troicki in an hour and 21 minutes. The Brazilian served at 51% but he had the edge in his games after saving six out of seven break points, dominating with his first serve and keeping the pressure on his rival.
Troicki stayed in touch with his rival in the opening five games but he lost the ground after that, never finding his shots again. He lost more than 50% of the points in his games and Dutra Silva broke him four times from 10 opportunities for another bad result in what has already been a poor season for a former Top 15 player.
Rogerio saved three break points in game five and that gave him the momentum, stealing Viktor's serve in games six and eight to grab the opener 6-2. He continued in the same style and opened a 3-0 lead in the second set with a break in game two and they saved the next six break points (four for Dutra Silva) to stay in touch before Troicki pulled the break back in game seven, reducing the deficit to 4-3.
Nonetheless, he got broken again in game eight and Rogerio closed the match with a hold at 15 in the game that followed to secure his place in the last eight. The Italian veteran Paolo Lorenzi has lost the last six matches he played on the Tour since January but he is still in contention for the title here in Istanbul after a 6-2 7-6 win over a qualifier Marco Trungelliti in an hour and 57 minutes. Six years ago in Umag Trungelliti won their only previous meeting but he failed to repeat that today despite a solid resistance, losing serve five times and breaking Lorenzi on three occasions.
Paolo scored three breaks in a row in the opening set for a 6-2 but he had to work harder in set number two to bring the match home in straight sets, overcoming a 5-3 deficit and saving two set points on the return in game nine.
Marco opened a 3-1 lead with a break in game four but he stayed in front only for a few minutes, getting broken in the following game to keep Lorenzi on the scoreboard. The Italian saved three break points in game six before Trungelliti got the break next time around, serving for the set at 5-3.
He squandered two set points to miss a great chance and Lorenzi broke back to gain the momentum once again. The tie break was a close one but the veteran earned the crucial mini-break at 6-5 to cross the finish line and reach his second quarter-final of the season. Second round results: