Day four round-up at the Rakuten Open 2012 – Tennis News
Big names stole the limelight and powered into the quarter-finals at the Rakuten Open 2012, an ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) World Tour 500 Series event held in Tokyo, Japan. Juan Monaco from Argentina was the only seed that fell on the day.
Seeded second in this event, Tomas Berdych from Czech Republic, displayed tremendous skills to triumph over the Colombian starlet, Alejandro Falla, in one hour and 18 minutes. He fired nine aces and required a single break of serve in each set to formulate
a 6-3, 7-5 victory. Mustering his performance further, the Czech number one was never threatened with any barrier and comfortably advanced into the quarter-finals.
“I was feeling much better physically than in my first match,” said the delighted Czech in a post match press conference. “I was able to profit from that. I was serving well, was playing solid and when I had the chance, I took it. That’s why I was able to
finish it in two sets.”
The third seed, Janko Tipsarevic, stole the limelight after prevailing in one hour and 49-minute marathon against the Swiss challenger, Marco Chiudinelli.
Ranked 15th in the world, Milos Raonic from Canada, also secured a spot in the final eight. He recorded a 3-0 retirement victory against the Serbian contestant, Viktor Troicki.
The Argentinean number two, Monaco, was the only seed that faced bitter fate on this day. He made a spectacular reply after losing the opening set as he pulled out the equaliser with a breadstick. However, the Argentine lost his path again and eventually
suffered a 5-7, 6-1, 3-6 loss against the Cypriot number one, Marcos Baghdatis.
“I’m very happy I’m here. Every time I come here, I love it,” said the Cypriot star after upsetting the fourth seed. “The people are great, the tournament is great, and the atmosphere in centre is very good. I just want to go out there to find a way to win
and fight in every match.”