WROCLAW, February 17, 2016
Four seeds were in action at the €85,000 Wroclaw Open on Wednesday at Hala Orbita.
Farrukh Dustov kicked-off play with the first of three remaining first round matches, making a first step into the right direction in order to defend his title, as he ousted eighth favourite and Bergamo champion Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6, 6-7, 7-6. Both players lost their service only once but the 29-year-old Uzbek fired three more aces (19) than his opponent and won 52% of the total points to seal victor in two hours and 29 minutes. Dustov will face Jurgen Zopp next, who defeatd Egor Gerasimov 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 in one hour and 46 minutes.
Fourth seed Lukas Lacko defeated Polish wild card Hubert Hurkacz 6-7, 6-4, 6-4. The world number 109 from Slovakia withstood 16 aces, hitting 14 of his own and broke his opponent’s service three times to advance after two hours and five minutes. Lacko will play Alexander Kudryavtsev next.
In the second round encounter, Albano Olivetti continues his successful comeback to the ATP Challenger Tour, winning 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 against Czech qualifier Zdenek Kolar. The 24-year-old Frenchman sent down 29 aces and won 86% of his first service points to advance in one hour and 45 minutes to meet Andrej Golubev or Dustin Brown next.
Marco Chiudinelli knocks-off fifth seed and last year’s runner-up Mirza Basic, winning 7-6, 7-6. The 34-year-old Swiss hit 13 aces and won 86% of his first service points to prevail in one hour and 53 minutes.
The tournament’s number seven Konstantin Kravchuk beat the last local wild card Lukasz Kubot in the final match of the day, winning 6-7, 6-4, in the pair’s first tour meeting. The 30-year-old Russian saved all of the three break points he faced, converting two of his own to finish the encounter at midnight after a two hours and 19 minutes battle.