HEILBRONN, May 18, 2017
The quarterfinals are set at the €64,000 NECKARCUP in Heilbronn. In the match of the day on Thursday, Andrej Martin booked his spot in the stage of the final eight after defeating #NextGenATP star Alexander Bublik from Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
The seventh seed from Slovakia withstood eight aces, hitting two of his own and broke serve five times to prevail in one hour and 51 minutes.
— Andrej Martin (@AndrejMartinSVK) 18. Mai 2017
Martin will next take on Lorenzo Giustino, who ended the winning streak of German qualifier Dominik Koepfer in the night session. The 25-year-old from Italy won 7-6, 1-6, 6-1 in two hours and four minutes.
Another in-form-Italian in person of Marco Cecchinato also advanced to the quarterfinals. The World No. 105, who clinched the ATP Challenger title in Rome last weekend, beat US-American Mitchell Krueger 6-3, 6-2. The encounter lasted one hour and 15 minutes.
Cecchinato will face Guido Pella next. The sixth seed from Argentina eased past Laslo Djere of Serbia, winning 6-1, 6-0. Pella lost his serve only once and capitalized on seven of his own 12 break point opportunities to secure victory in 62 minutes.