Zopp Stuns Defending Champ Fognini In Gstaad
Djere, Galovic reach last eight
World No. 107 and qualifier Jurgen Zopp beat World No. 14 Fognini, the defending champion, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in one hour and 42 minutes. Zopp, 30, beat then No. 14-ranked Jack Sock in the Roland Garros first round two months ago. He now meets Argentine qualifier Facundo Bagnis.
Last week, Fognini lifted his seventh ATP World Tour trophy at the SkiStar Swedish Open (d. Gasquet) and is now 31-15 on the season, which also includes the Brasil Open title (d. Jarry) in February.
Bagnis saved three set points at 7/8, 8/9 and 9/10 in the first set tie-break of a 7-6(10), 6-1 victory over Swiss wild card Marc-Andrea Huesler in one hour and 40 minutes. World No. 177 Bagnis is through to his first tour-level quarter-final since July 2016 at Bastad (l. to Verdasco).
Serbia’s Laslo Djere recorded the highest-ranked win of his career to reach an ATP World Tour quarter-final for the second successive week.
The 23-year-old knocked out third-seeded Croatian Borna Coric, the recent Gerry Weber Open titlist (d. Federer), 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 in one hour and 54 minutes. Last week, he fell to eventual champion Marco Cecchinato in the last eight of the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag.
Djere will now face Croatian lucky loser Viktor Galovic, who held his nerve to reach his first ATP World Tour quarter-final with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over wild card Felix Auger-Aliassime, a #NextGenATP Canadian in two hours and two minutes. Augur-Aliassime struck 11 aces and 10 doubles faults.
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Zopp is into just his second ATP World Tour quarter-final (also 2012 Bastad) and will attempt to reach his maiden tour-level semi-final against Bagnis.