Tomic eliminates Sela, Monfils defeats Troicki in Bangkok

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Bernard Tomic recovered from a set down to defeat Dudi Sela 4-6 6-3 6-4 to earn a tricky Thailand Open 2012 quarterfinal tie with Richard Gasquet. While break points were a regular occurrence throughout the match, they weren’t converted all that often. The first set would be decided by a single break in the third game of the set as the young Aussie was broken to love. He would have chances throughout to re-break, including three opportunities as the Israeli served for the set but he was unable to take advantage, falling a set behind.

Backed by a 79% first serve percentage, Tomic would dominate on serve in the second set as he dropped just six points on his first serve all set as he rode an early service break all the way to the end to tie it up and send the match to a decider. It would be quite the eventful final set, starting off with Tomic and Sela trading breaks. Tomic had one opportunity at 2-2 to break but would fail to do so and later looked like he would be regretting it as he faced four break points in total in a marathon 26-point game that he somehow managed to hold on to. Sela’s inability to break would come back to haunt him as Tomic managed to break the very next game to serve for the match. Tomic closed it out to move into the quarterfinals, but not before saving another four break points from a 0-40 hole.

Gael Monfils continued his good form since returning from injury with a straight sets victory over Viktor Troicki 7-5 7-5. It wouldn’t be all that straight forward though as a slow start from the Frenchman saw him fall 1-4* down very quickly. After retrieving one break back, he would be back in danger on serve with three break point opportunities for his opponent. Troicki would fail to to take advantage of any of them. He would rue his wastefulness as another poor game on serve saw Monfils tie it up and confirm the break to force Troicki to serve to stay in the set. Troicki would not bow to scoreboard pressure this time but would not be so lucky next time round as a lengthy service game with five deuces finally saw him collapse and drop the first set.

Monfils then took control of the second set as he moved into a 3-1 lead only to be broken the very next game. After that he was very comfortable on serve, dropping just four points. Break point (and in the latter’s case, match point) opportunities were missed at 4-3 and 5-4 but at the third time of asking Troicki repeated his trick from the first set, dropping serve to 30 to lose the match. Monfils faces fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon in the quarterfinals.

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