The 22-year-old Italian Matteo Berrettini has made another big step towards the place in the Top 50, defeating the 4th seed Andrey Rublev 6-3 6-3 in just 61 minutes for his maiden ATP quarter-final on the Tour, becoming the 18th player this season who has achieved that. Andrey made a return in Umag last week after being sidelined for three months and he will need some time to regain his form, especially in the crucial points that cost him the win today.
Both players served at 70% but Matteo defended his second serve in a more efficient way, saving both break points he faced and converting all three break points he earned to seal the deal in straight sets. Andrey was the better player in the opening seven games, serving well and creating a break point at 3-3 that Matteo successfully repelled.
That sent the momentum to the side of the Italian and he earned a break in the next game to move 5-3 up and the set was in his hands when he held at 30 in game nine. The second set was even more fluid, with only one deuce, and it was Berrettini who opened a lead with a break in game three, staying in front after saving a break point at 4-3 and sealing the deal with another great return game in game nine for the place in the last eight.
The 8th seed and a former champion Feliciano Lopez had to work hard in order to moved pass a lucky loser Oriol Roca Batalla 4-6 7-6 6-4 in two hours and 16 minutes. It was a great serving performance from Lopez, firing 14 aces and saving three out of four break points.
Roca Batalla gave his best to stay in contention, fending off 11 out of 12 break chances but losing ground with a single break for Lopez in the final set. It was a very interesting opening set and the younger Spaniard saved all 11 break points he faced, including five at 5-4 when he served for the set.
He broke Lopez in the very first game and Feliciano failed to get it back despite so many chances, allowing Oriol to close the set on the fourth set point in that marathon game 10. Both players sailed through their service games in set number two (from 15 break chances in the opener to no deuces in the second set!) and Lopez was the one who played better in the tie break, scoring three mini-breaks for a 7-4 and setting up a deciding set.
There, Feliciano continued where he left in the second set and he broke Oriol Batalla in game three to keep the lead until the end for his fifth quarter-final of the season. Second round results: