Continuing his meteoric return to the ATP World Tour following a suspension for failing to cooperate with the ITF drug policy, Viktor Troicki upset top seed David Ferrer 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarter-final round of the tournament on Thursday.
Although he trailed Ferrer 0-3 in the head-to-head series, the Serb managed to hit 13 aces and convert 2 of 5 break points to secure his first ever victory over the Spanish No. 2.
Troicki was initially banned for 18 months in July for violating the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) anti-doping laws after failing to supply a blood sample at the 2013 Monte Carlo Masters. The sentence was cut to 12 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but his long absence has meant that the Serbian has plummeted to number 842 in the ATP world rankings.
Since returning to the tour in Gstaad, Troicki has won two titles on the Challenger circuit and picked up wins over the likes of Dominic Thiem, Dustin Brown and Martin Klizan, which proves he is motivated to work his way back up the rankings. He currently sits at No. 174.
He will next face sixth seed Santiago Giraldo , who defeated Australian qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 6-3, on Friday.