27 year old Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain, ranked 92 on the ATP’s rankings list, took on 30 year old Lukasz Kubot of Poland, ranked at 76, in the second round of the St Petersburg Open on Thursday and came out on top, with a hard fought, one and three quarter hour 6-4 7-6 (7-5) victory over the conqueror of the tournament’s second seed, Denis Istomin, in the first round. Gimeno-Traver had taken out France’s Florent Serra in the first round and, now into the quarter finals, will face Italy’s Flavio Cipolla on Friday. The Spaniard served a total of seven aces to Kubot’s four and had four double faults as opposed to the Pole’s six. The Spaniard had the better statistics on all the other service points too.
Also in the bottom half of the draw, the only remaining seed in this section, number 4 Fabio Fognini of Italy, battled against Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine for two hours before overcoming his opponent 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 to set up a quarter final clash with Spain’s Roberto Bautista-Agut. Fognini’s victory was largely due to his tenacity and talent and his all court game with strong forehands and backhands lashed cross court, frequently painting the lines for points, while Stakhovsky’s points mainly came from his excellent serving, including three aces, while his opponent served none and six double faults.