Jeremy Chardy and Nicolas Almagro ensured that Thursday in the Men’s Singles at Hamburg was a third-set free zone, both posting straight sets victories and progressing to the quarter finals.
Jeremy Chardy was up first, defeating clay court specialist and Hamburg resident Julian Reister 7-5 6-4. A tough match-up against in form Argentine Juan Monaco awaits Chardy in the quarter finals.
Nikolay Davydenko is a former world no. 3 and double French Open semi-finalist; what he doesn’t know about clay isn’t worth knowing. However, Nicolas Almagro – five years his junior – showed minimal deference as he dispatched the Russian in straight sets.
Almagro’s 6-4 6-3 victory sets him up for a quarter final meeting with Phillip Kohlschreiber, one of three Germans remaining in the last eight.
The remaining quarter finals see local boy and tour veteran Tommy Haas take on Wimbledon quarter finalist Florian Mayer in an all-German tie; while Marin Cilic and Albert Ramos go toe to toe for a place in the semis.