The recently crowned champion of Roland Garros took to the courts in the Gerry Weber Open, beating Lacko to secure a place in the quarter-finals.
With his latest triumph at Roland Garros now behind him Rafael Nadal got off to a positive start at the Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany, yesterday with a win that sees him reach the quarter-finals. The Spaniard, who is the no. 1 seed in the tournament, took on Lukas Lacko, winning the encounter 7-5, 6-1. A tight opening set was followed by a master class from Nadal, who had no problems reacquainting himself with grass, which now takes over as the all-present surface on the ATP calendar.
In the quarters he will face local hopeful Philipp Kohlschreiber, who did away with Poland’s Lukasz Kubot in three sets (7-6, 1-6, 3-6). Tommy Haas, another home crowd favourite, got the better of Spain’s Marcel Granollers to book his place in the quarters. Roger Federer also lived up to expectations by sending Florian Mayer out of the competition (4-6, 5-7).
In the other ATP tournament currently being played, Queens, Feliciano López waved goodbye to the English crowd after losing to Kevin Anderson in a thrilling match that was decided in two tie-breaks, in which the South African came out on top 12-10, 9-7. The confirmed quarter-finalists in the English tournament are as follows: Anderson, Grigor Dimitrov, Xavier Malisse, Marin Cilic, Sam Querrey and Ivan Dodig.