Spain’s sixth seed Feliciano Lopez and Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands booked the first of the quarter-final spots at the Thailand Open yesterday.
Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan also progressed, moving into the second round after defeating Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy, 6-3, 6-2.
While Lopez went through without problems over Japan’s Go Soeda, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, there was plenty of hard work for Sijsling, who beat compatriot Robin Haase for the second time this season as he posted a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) second-round win which took two-and-a-quarter hours.
Sijsling, ranked 75th to the 60th of Dutch No. 1 Haase, said: “It went well, but it was a very tough match and we both played well. He got a bit defensive and tried to make the points longer, physically it was tough.”
“I tried to play attacking tennis and it worked for me. I got to the net more and I think that helped in the end,” the Bangkok debutant added.
In concluding first-round play at the hard courts of the Impact Arena, Russian fifth seed Mikhail Youzhny struck six aces and saved all three break points in a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Italian Paolo Lorenzi.
Making his tournament debut, Youzhny is next to play Uzbek Denis Istomin, 6-3, 6-0 winner over South Korea’s Jeong Suk-young.
Youzhny, 31, is one of 14 over-30 winners on the ATP this season. He stands 33-20 for this year.