The surprise darling of Wimbledon after putting Rafael Nadal to the sword, Lukas Rosol provided another upset today, this time on the clay at Hamburg. Today’s scalp was that of eighth seeded Viktor Troicki who took the first set against Rosol 7-5 but felt the wrath of the 26-year-old in the second and third, as Rosol battled back to take those sets 6-3 6-4.
While this victory wasn’t quite as high profile as the one over Nadal at the All England Club, Rosol will still be pleased with his performance as he looks towards a meeting with Albert Ramos in the next round.
Ramos made light work of fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar, defeating him 6-1 6-4 to secure the match-up with Rosol.
While one Spaniard progressed, another fell as Albert Montanes lost to Jeremy Chardy of France 6-4 6-2. World no. 15 Marin Cilic also progressed on the clay, beating Italy’s Flavio Cipolla 6-3 6-4.
There were mixed results for the seeds today in Hamburg; seventh seeded Florian Mayer faced a real battle of a first set against Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos, requiring a tiebreak to end the deadlock. Mayer eventually triumphed 7-6 7-5.
Fifth seed Fernando Verdasco was far less fortunate and seemed content to let native Hamburger Julian Reister play him off the court. The 26-year-old German won that match 6-2 6-3.