Gombos Last Slovak Standing In Bratislava Quarterfinals

Norbort Gombos advances to the stage of the final eight in Bratislava (photo: D. Barbusa)

BRATISLAVA, November 10, 2016

The quarterfinals of the €85,000 Peugeot Slovak Open in Bratislava are set. In the top half of the draw, Adam Pavlasek, the highest remaining seed left in the tournament, will take on sixth favourite Daniil Medvedev from Russia.

Pavlasek edged past Mohamed Safwat of Egypt on Thursday, winning 6-4, 6-2. The 22-year-old from the Czech Republic sent down 11 aces and capitalized on four of his 12 break point opportunities to advance in one hour and 21 minutes.

Marius Copil from Romania saved all of the break points he faced to defeat Russian Alexander Kudryavtsev 6-4, 6-4 in 68 minutes to take on defending champion Egor Gerasimov from Belarus.

In the bottom half of the draw, Sergiy Stakhovsky beat Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan 7-6, 6-3. The 30-year-old from the Ukraine saved all of the five break points he faced, converting one of his own to celebrated his fifth victory over Istomin in the pair’s ninth meeting. The encounter lasted one hour and 18 minutes. Stakhovsky will next play Alexandr Nedovyesov from Kazahkstan, who knocked out the tournament’s number four Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany, winning 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.

Norbert Gombos is the last Slovak left in the draw. The 26-year-old Bratislava resident battled past Germany’s Cedric-Marcel Stebe, winning 7-6, 5-7, 6-4. Gombos won two points less than his opponent but was more solid on his service as well as a bit luckier in the final stages of the match. He fired 12 aces to finish the encounter in two hours and 30 minutes with a forehand winner, setting a quarterfinal clash with Vasek Pospisil from Canada.