Wednesday, January 8, 2014

ATP - seeds tumble out in Sydney and Auckland

In Sydney it was not a good day to be a seeded player. Second seed Jerzy Janowicz endured 62 62 beating by Alexander Dolgopolov. Janowicz who withdrew from last weeks Hopman Cup due to injury looks still to trying to recover from it as he tries to get fit for next weeks Australian Open. Dolgopolov said in a recent interview with Apia International that his goal is the top 10 this season and his win today is definitely the right direction towards achieving that goal. Joining Janowicz's exit is 3rd seed Andreas Seppi who lost 36 46 to Australia's Marinko Matosevic who caused celebration for all the Aussie fans. After the match quoting the Australian said:-
“To do it in Australia feels good,” (in reference to his second round win)
And to beat someone like Andreas who is 20 in the world, he's a quality player.” 
In the quarter finals he faces Sergiy Stakhovsky (better know as the player who beat Federer at Wimbledon last year) after the Ukrainian beat another seeded player Julien Benneteau 63 62. There was better news for top seed Del Potro as he battled from a bad first set to beat Nicholas Mahut 16 63 64 as well as Tursunov's (4) 36 63 63 win over Lukas Rosol. Defending champion Bernard Tomic is also into the Quarters after a close 63 46 64 win over qualifier Blaz Kavcic.

David Ferrer pictured beat Donald Young to reach the quater finals in Auckland
Meanwhile in New Zealand David Ferrer came from losing a close first set tie break to easily come through 67 63 61 against American Donald Young. In the quarters he will face countryman Garcia-Lopez after he beat Santiago Giraldo with an almost identical scoreline (67 62 63). The biggest shock of the tournament was second seed Tommy Haas being knocked out by Jack Sock. Sock was impressive by producing 80% first serves as well as 8 aces. After the match he told"Some of the important points I didn't play well, that's for sure,"
"You can't get much of a rhythm when he's serving pretty well or you don't allow yourself to get the return back in play.
Up next for Sock is Roberto Bautista-Agut who beat sixth seed BenoƮt Paire 63 64. Other second round winners were steve Johnston, Lu Yen-Hsun, Philipp Kohlschreiber and John Isner.

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