Matosevic defeats Smyczek in Atlanta
UPDATE: Marinko Matosevic has advanced to the quarterfinals of the ATP event in Atlanta with a tight two-set win over American Tim Smyczek.
Marinko Matosevic has advanced to the quarterfinals of the ATP event in Atlanta with a tight two-set win over American Tim Smyczek.
The Victorian recovered from deficits in both sets to win 6-4 7-5 in one hour and 35 minutes at the 250-level hardcourt event.
He will next face top seed John Isner; the American saved two match points to defeat compatriot and wildcard Robby Ginepri 4-6 7-6(5) 7-5.
Matosevic found himself down 4-2 in both the first and second sets; in the second set he reeled off three straight games to lead 5-4 and even held a match point in the 10th game before Smyczek levelled at 5-5.
Following a comprehensive hold for 6-5, Matosevic dug in again in Smyczek’s next service game, staving off game points which would have forced a tiebreak and ultimately clinching the match.
It is the world No.52’s fifth ATP quarterfinal of 2014; he reached the last eight in Brisbane, Sydney, Delray Beach and Queen’s.
He will attempt to progress to his first tour-level semifinal since Memphis in February 2013.