Open de Nice Côte d'Azur II
PTA 250 - Quarter Finals - Nice, France - Clay (Red)
- Jefferson Drake has charged through the third set of his quarter final against Javier Villaneuva to advance to the semi finals as outright favourite in Nice. After a whole swathe of other results went his way, Drake found himself in a bitter struggle against the highly rated young Spaniard who made it clear he'd come to play. Despite failing to convert either match point in the second set, Drake was not distracted from his goal of completing a perfect Roland Garros warm up event as he had too much in the tank for the failing eighth seed; blasting him off the court with some heavy hitting and great athleticism in a well-deserved 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-1 win. He now meets Dutch qualifier Maarten Berg on Friday after he ousted fourth seeded Italian Carlo Amato 6-1, 6-4.
- But the biggest surprises came in the bottom half as two big favourites were beaten. First, sixth seed Pierre L'Estrange, having dropped just four games all week, was trounced by wildcard entrant Christopher Durand love and three. Then later, second seed and World No. 18 Miroslav Brdar collapsed in a heap against Brett Read. In a bizzare contest, the World No. 141 announced he was back as he came from a break down twice in a tense third set to send the match to a deciding tiebreaker. Indicative of his play all match, Read only made one winner in the tiebreaker as he sought to grind the lanky Croat down with good returning. The tactic worked; Brdar made key unforced errors when he looked to have the point won as he struggled to pass the dogged Read. For the second time this week, the West CWLander played gutsy tennis when up against it to secure a shock 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(4) win.
- Seeded players out: Carlo Amato; Miroslav Brdar; Pierre L'Estrange; Javier Villaneuva.