Fernando Verdasco and Gilles Simon make it to 2012 Thailand Open quarterfinals after eliminating 2011 finalist Young and Soeda in straight sets.
Last year’s runner-up American Donald Young fought a good battle against fifth-seeded Spaniard Verdasco. The opening ten games of the last sixteen match on the hard court of Bangkok remained stress-free for both players as they held serve. Verdasco then stormed to a triple break point advantage at 5-5, yet the US player stood tall and forced a deuce. Still, he let his opponent pounce on another break point two rallies later and this time the Spaniard didn’t hesitate. The best Young could do in the closing game was to avert the first set point to make it 40-40 before 23rd-ranked Verdasco grabbed the opener on his second attempt. 23-year-old Young struggled in the opening game of the following set, but the players were tied until 4-4 when Verdasco broke the deadlock by converting the third break point of the game. World number 124 Young, who did not get any chances to seize his opponent’s serve during the encounter, was forced to see Verdasco make use of his first match point for a 7-5, 6-4 victory. 28-year-old Verdasco is still hunting for his first singles ATP trophy in 2012.
Fourth seed Frenchman Simon and Japanese Go Soeda played two rather identical sets. 52th-ranked Soeda managed to chase down an early break, but was eventually stunned by the second one to which he was unable to respond. The only time 2012 Bucharest champion found himself under a severe pressure was in the longest game of the opener when he fended off three break points to make it 4-4. He then caught the Japanese off guard in the following game to prepare the terrain for the first set victory. In the second set, the Frenchman wasted two match points at 5-3, yet the outcome of the clash was only postponed until the subsequent game. Simon served out the match easily for a 6-4, 6-4 success. One of the crucial factors might have been his dominance in winning second serve points (62-36%) as well as second serve return points (64-38%).
2009 Bangkok champ Simon will be facing Monfils next, while Verdasco will take on top seed Tipsarevic in QFs.