BRUNSWICK, July 8, 2015
Two all-German-affairs featured Day 3 at the € 106,500 ATP Challenger Sparkassen Open in Brunswick.
Daniel Brands upset the tournament’s number three and defending champion Alexander Zverev, winning 6-7, 6-3, 6-3. The 27-year-old from Deggendorf fired seven aces and won 81% of his first service points to reach his second consecutive quarterfinals, when Zverev produced his seventh double fault on match point after two hours and 19 minutes.
“I served very well today, put a lot of variety in my shots and therefore I deserved to win. I always try to control the match, whoever is my opponent. Sascha is an excellent player, who will continue his way forward, despite today’s loss. I also feel that I am on my way back. After reaching the semis in Marburg last week, things are looking up,” Brands told afterwards and will face Taro Daniel next. The 22-year-old Japanese took out fifth seed Damir Dzumhur, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the longest match of the day after two hours and 32 minutes.
Nils Langer, finalist of last week’s ATP Challenger in Marburg, defeated eighth seed Matthias Bachinger 6-4, 7-5 in one hour and 27 minutes. The 25-year-old will face Paul-Henri Mathieu next, who cruised past Andre Ghem 6-3, 6-2 in only 65 minutes.
The tournament’s number one Pablo Carreῆo-Busta advanced to the quarterfinals, beating Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-3, 1-6, 6-4. The 23-year-old Spaniard won the even affair with both players losing their serves two times, but it was Carreῆo-Bust gaining the decisive break in the tenth game in the third set after one hour and 38 minutes.
The world number 67 from Gijón will face Filip Krajinovic next. The 23-year-old Serbian saved the only break point he faced against Daniel Muῆoz de la Nava and capitalized on five of his own, winning 6-4, 6-0 in 64 minutes.
Jan-Lennard Struff celebrated his first match win since reaching the semi-finals at the Neckar Open in Heilbronn in May, when he finished his first round match against sixth seed Radu Albot, winning 6-4, 5-7, 7-6. In the following, however, the 25-year-old German lost his encounter against Thiemo de Bakker 3-6, 3-6 in one hour and 18 minutes.
The world number 136 from the Netherlands will face Horacio Zeballos in the quarterfinals. The 30-year-old Argentine knocked out fourth seed Joao Souza, winning 6-3, 7-6 in one hour and 38 minutes.