On a day in which many matches were postponed due to rain delay, Kitzbuhel still managed to play host to two close matches.
No. 97-ranked Lukas Rosol, whose R2 defeat of Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon shoved him into the spotlight, defeated the no. 137-ranked Croatian, Antonio Veic in three sets, 6-3 5-7 6-3. Rosol had reached R2 at three of his most recent tournaments (Stuttgart, Hamburg and Kitzbuhel) — he has now matched his best performance at an ATP tournament this year by reaching the QF. Rosol had reached the QF at Belgrade in April, where he lost to Pablo Andujar.
In another close match for the Kitzbuhel tournament, Simone Bolelli continued his strong performance by defeating 2nd seed German Florian Mayer, 6-2 7-6(4). Bolelli took advantage of 3/8 BP opportunities in the match, while Mayer managed to convert 1/4. Bolelli had defeated the Argentinean Horacio Zeballos in R1 (also in straight sets). He now faces 5th seed Martin Klizan in the QF.
Martin Klizan of Serbia defeated no. 442-ranked hometown favorite Dominic Thiem, 6-1 3-6 7-5. The no. 62-ranked Klizan has had a strong performance this season, having won three Challenger titles (in Bordeaux, Marrakech and Rabat) and reaching the final at the Prague Challenger (where he lost to Zeballos).
The rain-delayed R2 matches will begin on Thursday, to round out the quarterfinalists.
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