Troicki Beats Paire To Reach Antalya Quarter-finals
Serbian to face Kecmanovic on Thursday
Viktor Troicki recorded his biggest match win for 21 months on Wednesday for a place in the Turkish Airlines Open Antalya quarter-finals. The Serbian qualifier knocked out top seed and World No. 32 Benoit Paire of France 7-6(4), 7-6(5) in one hour and 40 minutes.
“Those were some of the toughest conditions I've ever played in,” Troicki told ATPTour.com. “I'm very happy that I got through and managed to win in two sets. I also want to thank the crowd for showing up and supporting us. [The heat was] tough for the players and for the fans as well.”
The former World No. 12, who missed three months of last season due to a back injury and competes this week at No. 193 in the ATP Rankings, notched the last Top 20 win of his career over then No. 16-ranked John Isner in October 2017 at the Rolex Shanghai Masters.
The 30-year-old Paire, winner of ATP Tour titles this year at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech (d. Andujar) and at the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon (d. Auger-Aliassime), hit 11 aces and won 29 of his 34 first-service points against Troicki.
Elsewhere, fourth-seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta recovered from 2/6 in the first set tie-break — saving four set points — to beat Kevin Krawietz, a German qualifier, 7-6(6), 6-4 in 88 minutes. He’ll next challenge Australian Bernard Tomic, a 7-6(3), 6-3 victor over Peter Gojowczyk in 72 minutes.
Second Seeds Upset In Doubles
Denys Molchanov/Igor Zelenay upset second seeds Marcelo Demoliner/Divij Sharan 6-2, 7-5 and will next meet Ivan Dodig/Filip Polasek, who beat Aussies Luke Saville/Jordan Thompson 6-1, 6-2. Fourth seeds Roman Jebavy/Philipp Oswald prevailed against Leander Paes/Benoit Paire 7-6(11), 6-4 and will meet Jonathan Erlich/Artem Sitak, who edged Robert Lindstedt/Tim Puetz 6-4, 5-7, 10-6.