Upsets at Gstaad Lead to Unexpected QF Matchups — Defending Champion Granollers is Out

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No. 80-ranked Lukasz Kubot defeated defending Gstaad champion, no. 20-ranked Marcel Granollers in straight sets, 6-4 6-2.  In the QF, Kubot will face Grigor Dimitrov, who safely defeated Dustin Brown in three sets, 7-6(3) 3-6 6-2.

In 2012, the Gstaad tournament has featured many upsets, including Frenchman Paul Henri-Mathieu’s defeat of 3rd seed Stanislas Wawrinka and Thomaz Bellucci’s upset over 4th seed Mikhail Youzhny.  Now 2nd seed Granollers is the latest to make his exit from the tournament he won last year.

The first set between Kubot and Granollers featured an exchange of breaks, with Kubot eventually breaking the Granollers serve to take the first set, 6-4.  This is a disappointing loss for Granollers, who led Kubot 2-0 in their H2H (both wins were on clay) — Granollers had also reached the final at Umag last week.

Another upset featured no. 212-ranked qualifier Jan Hernych’s win over no. 39-ranked (7th seed) Santiago Giraldo, 6-3 2-6 6-4.  Hernych took early advantage in the match, only for Giraldo to attempt an aggressive comeback with his own forays to the net.  Giraldo was unable to convert on 8 BPs in the 1st set (he converted a total of 4/19 on BPs for the match) — Hernych took the first set 6-3 with a strong serve and finish at the net.  Both players served well throughout the match, but Giraldo took advantage of his 1st service returns to break Hernych’s serve four times (the 2nd set featured 6 breaks in total).  With the match leveled at a set all, neither player gave away many BP chances in the decider.  Hernych stepped up the aggression with his forehands, as he held his nerves to win the rallies and the decider.  He faces the winner of the match between top seed Janko Tipsarevic and no. 245-ranked Martin Fischer.

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