Zverev Edges Cilic In Montpellier
Young German upsets former US Open champ
Sascha Zverev scored an upset at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier on Wednesday, defeating World No. 13 and second seed Marin Cilic 7-6(4), 7-6(1) in just under two hours.
The 18 year old, No. 85 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, fired eight aces and saved six of eight break points faced to improve to 2-1 on the season (l. to Murray in the first round of the Australian Open). His previous Top 20 win (3-6) came against World No. 14 Kevin Anderson last summer in Washington, where he eventually fell to Cilic 7-5, 7-6(3) in the quarter-finals.
“It’s one of the biggest wins of my young career yet,” Zverev said. “I’m very happy to be in the quarter-finals. Just a wonderful match.”
Edouard Roger-Vasselin ousted fifth seed and two-time champion Gael Monfils 6-4, 7-6(5). Roger-Vasselin scored his first win over his countryman as he advanced to the second round, where he will challenge Aussie John Millman.
Top seed Richard Gasquet moved into the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ernests Gulbis. The Frenchman was forced out of the Australian Open due to a back ailment, but showed no signs of rust upon his return to the ATP World Tour.
Gasquet, the 2013 and 2015 champion, did not face a break point in the 73-minute win. Next up will be eighth-seeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, who has had the better of the Frenchman (6-0 in sets) in their three past FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings. Baghdatis reached the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 7-6(7) win over Taro Daniel. The Cypriot fired eight aces and saved four of the five break points faced in the 99-minute match.
In doubles, second seeds Mate Pavic and Michael Venus reached the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Dustin Brown and Rameez Junaid. They next face Mateusz Kowalczyk and Andreas Siljestrom, 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 10-7 winners over Johan Brunstrom and Ruan Roelofse.
Andrea Arnaboldi and Marc Lopez ousted defending champions Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 in 87 minutes. They will face fourth seeds Jonathan Erlich and Colin Fleming in the last eight.