It’s quarter final time at Hamburg and the eight players who have booked their place in the quarter-finals are Rafael Nadal, Pablo Cuevas, Fabio Fognini, Aljaz Bedene, Andreas Seppi, Simone Bolelli, Lucas Pouille, Benoit Paire.
The main focus was on the Spaniard Rafael Nadal as how he goes about his business after a tricky start to his campaign against Verdasco, which he indeed managed to go through. Nadal was facing another leftie in his second round encounter, the Czech Jiri Vesely and the match wasn’t an easy one as the score line suggests. The Spaniard defeated the Czech in straight sets 6-4, 7-6(2) in a match which lasted for 2 hrs and 11 mins.
Vesely looked impressive throughout the match and pushed Nadal to the extreme but couldn’t bring his best in the crucial points. Although Nadal maintained a high first serve percentage of 80, his serve lacked penetration and pace and it literally looked like a second serve which might raise doubts from fans point of view.
Nadal on his post-match conference said that “I think I played a good match, something that I am proud of today, very happy with my attitude and I’m very happy with the way that I played. I just need a little bit more consistency.”
“He’s one of the best players of the world, especially on clay,” Nadal said of his next opponent. “It’s a big match and I know I have to play well if I want to be in that semi-finals. I’m going to fight for it.”
Other results of the second round action is as follows:
Fognini def. Ramos Vinolas 6-2, 6-3, 6-3
Bedene def. Bautista Agut 7-6(2), 7-6(7)
Pouille def. Monaco 6-1, 7-5
Paire def. Robredo 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
Nadal def. Vesely 6-4, 7-6(2)
Cuevas def. Janowicz 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Seppi def. Mayer 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Bolelli def. Munar 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-4