STUTTGART, June 11, 2017
Four qualifiers completed the singles main draw of the MercedesCup in Stuttgart on Sunday. Top seed Lukas Lacko from Slovakia defeated Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 6-3, 7-5. The World No. 110 withstood 12 aces, hitting eight of his own to seal victory in exactly one hour of play.
Marton Fucsovics of Hungary, who clinched the ATP Challenger title in Vicenza last week, overcame Marco Chiudinelli from Switzerland 7-5, 7-5. The encounter lasted one hour and 41 minutes.
Peter Gojowczyk also advanced to the main draw. The 27-year-old German fought past Ruben Bemelmans from Belgium, winning 6-4, 7-6 in one hour and 15 minutes.
“I played in Surbiton last week and lost in the opening round. Being back in Germany and getting into the main draw is awesome. I am very happy and I will enjoy it right now,” Gojowczyk told afterwards.
The World No. 141 has achieved some decent results this season by clinching his fifth ATP Challenger crown in Happy Valley. Gojowczyk also finished runner-up in Quimper and advanced to the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells.
Gojowczyk will be joined by fellow countryman Yannick Hanfmann, who beat local player Yannick Maden 6-4, 6-1. The 25-year-old Karlsruhe native won 59 per cent of the total points played to advance to his second main draw at ATP World Tour level following his good run into the quarterfinals of the BMW Open in Munich earier this year.