It was quarterfinal day at all four tournaments today and the seeds had good performances across the board. In the four tournaments, nine of the eleven seeds won their matches leaving the seeds with a 82% success rate today, which is very good and better than what it has been most days this year.
In Barcelona, Andy Murray sneaked out the 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(7-4) win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who defeated Murray just last week in Monte-Carlo. Murray was playing quite well for the whole match but the in the end the match was on the racquet of Ramos-Vinolas as he was playing well for the first half of the match but after that nerves got the better of him. Murray wasn’t able to do much against the Spaniard in the first set as Ramos-Vinolas wasn’t doing much wrong. He was dominating the rallies and his forehand as firing, which continued in the second set as he went up a break to lead 5-4. That break gave him the opportunity to serve out the match but that’s when he’s nerves kicked in and he hit a couple of errors to give away the game. Murray won the next two games to force a decider without much resistance from Ramos-Vinolas. A couple of breaks were exchanged in the final set on the way to a tiebreaker but Ramos-Vinolas was still probably the better player by a little bit in the third set. The tiebreaker was veery tight and both players deserved to win but in the end Ramos-Vinolas couldn’t control his nerves and he went down the first four points of the breaker, which led to him being ousted. This will be a disappointing loss for Ramos-Vinolas but he should be proud because not many players get the opportunity to push Murray so hard.
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In Stuttgart, Simona Halep looked in no mood to mess around as she clinically disposed of Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-1 in under an hour. Sevastova wasn’t playing well today but Halep still kept her game clean and solid with a very limited number of unforced errors or breaks in focus. The first set was relatively competitive as neither girl was having much luck with being able to consolidate the breaks they were getting. Halep eventually manage to put herself in the situation to serve out the set at 5-3 and she did it professionally with a backhand winner. Halep took confidence from the first set into the second set and she raced out a 4-0 lead with the double break. Thats when Sevastova got her single hold with a bit of resistance from Halep but the Romanian followed that up by winning the next two games to close out a dominant match. She has Siegemund, who beat her easily in Stuttgart leat year, in the semifinals so it should be an interesting match.
The Budapest event continued to be shape up nicely today with Laslo Deere pulling off a big upset and to come back from match point down to get the 2-6, 7-6(7-4), 6-2 win over Fernando Verdasco. Verdasco was playing quite well but it was Djere who really pick up his game at the end of the second set that deiced the match. It was looked like a normal day in the office throughout the first set as there were an exchange of breaks but after that Verdasco was cleaning up the games quite easily and got through a routine opening set. Neither man was giving much up on their serves in the second set despite exchanging breaks early on in the set. Verdasco held match point when Djere was serving at 4-5 down but he got out of it. The breaker was very tight and it came down to a matter of shots before Djere finally prevailed. Verdasco, who was no doubt disappointed by missing his match point, deteriorated by the decider. Djere took it in a flash without Verdasco being able to do much about it. I really hope this won’t stunt Verdasco’s form recently but I think he’ll got over the disappointment soon.
In Istanbul, Irina-Camelia Begu is putting together her best week of the season so far as she reached the semifinals with a 2-6, 7-6(7-5), 6-1win over the home favourite Basak Eraydin. The only reason that Begu really git through this encounter was because of how Eryadin’s emotions got the better of her after the end of the second set. Begu was taking aback at how well Eraydin was playing at the start of the match as she was getting blown off the court. Eraydin didn’t face a break point and only dropped one point behind her second serve in the opener. In the second set, with of the women’s serving levels dropped off as they each got broken four times on the way to the breaker. Eraydin came so close to sling out that match in straight sets as she went up a mini-break but it wasn’t to be and Begu forced a decider. It all crumbled for Eraydin in the third set as she was barely stringing points together even though she did mange to get break on Begu. I don’t think Begu should be to happy with the win just because she didn’t really play great tennis.
(Couldn’t find any other clips of the match)
I won’t be doing a match preview tonight as I am still catching up on sleep but I will try to do one for one of the finals tomorrow night