Baghdatis Saves 2 M.P. In Nottingham
Anderson and Cuevas in action on day four
Marcos Baghdatis reached his fifth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the year on Wednesday at the Aegon Open Nottingham. The ninth seed recorded his second straight win in five meetings over fifth seed and last year's runner-up Sam Querrey 1-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 in one hour and 51 minutes.
Baghdatis, who saved two match points at 5/6 and 7/8 in the second set tie-break, hit 10 aces and saved three of six break point opportunities against Querrey, who struck 12 aces. The Cypriot will next face second seed Pablo Cuevas, who rallied to beat Daniel Evans 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-4. Evans served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but was broken at 30.
Top seed Kevin Anderson defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 7-6(6) to reach the quarter-finals, where he will face No. 6 Steve Johnson. The hard-hitting Anderson, who went 14-for-14 on first-serve points in the opening set, never faced break point and fired 18 aces to win consecutive ATP World Tour matches for the first time in 2016. He improved to 2-2 in the FedEx ATP Head2Head against the Spaniard and has only lost to the left-hander on clay.
Johnson edged Vasek Pospisil 7-6(4) 7-6(1). The American struck 12 aces and out-played the Canadian in two tie-breaks in the pair’s first tour-level meeting. Pospisil served for the second set at 5-3, but Johnson converted on his lone break point of the match to get back on serve.
Elsewhere, seventh seed Andreas Seppi avenged his loss to Adrian Mannarino at the Ricoh Open two weeks ago with a 6-2, 6-3 victory in 70 minutes. He now plays Dudi Sela, who was a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 winner over Benjamin Becker.
Top Doubles Seeds Advance
Top seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, winners of four tour-level team titles - including at last year's Roland Garros, overcame wild card Jonathan Marray and Adil Shamasdin 6-3, 6-2 for a quarter-final spot.