Feliciano Lopez has set a new record this week and became the first player in history to contest the same ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tournament 17 times at Barcelona open.
Andy Murray defeated Feliciano in straight sets 6-4 6-4 in third round and is through to the quarters. Murray had been handed a second-round walkover over Bernard Tomic had withdrawn on Wednesday and he proved too strong for Lopez in just under two hours. Another top seed , Rafael Nadal defeated Kevin Anderson, in straight sets in third round and advanced to quarterfinals.
After the R32 witnessed the knock out of 6 seeded players by the unseeded ones, the R16 added to it. David Goffin, Pablo Carreno Busta, Alexander Zverev, and Benoit Paire are those who lost to Karen Khachanov, Yuichi Sugita, Hyeon Chung, and Horacio Zeballos respectively.
Sugita showed sheer dominance, whilst playing in both the sets. He didn’t lose any serve, and broke Busta’s thrice. The final game of the match was stretched to be played in 3 deuces, when Busta was broken for the third time. Having defeated Richard Gasquet in the previous round, he has exhibited a great form, which can help him in gaining several ranking points.
The nextGen player, Dominic Thiem, had hard ways winning the first set, as it got stretched to a tie-break. After playing for 52 minutes, he took the first, 7-6(5). The second set seemed easy for him, as he won it, 6-2.
The younger Zverev brother, Alexander, could have easily been bageled by Hyeon Chung, but Chung served him a breadstick, in mere 35 minutes in the first set. Zverev seems to be less familiar with clay, with can be concluded from his playing style. The score line with which he lost to Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, adds up as a proof to the same.
David Goffin fought it off well, as he lost in 3 sets to Karen Khachanov. The guy who knocked out the defending champion of Roland Garros in Monte Carlo, lost to the world number 56. In the first set, Goffin faced 3 set points in the tie-break. He lost his serve once in each latter sets. Khachanov seemed to be dominating, and won the sets. 6-3, 6-4. The only Argentine left in the fixture, defeated the only French, seeded player in the fixture. Horacio Zeballos played 3 sets to knock out Benoit Paire. The Monte Carlo finalist, Albert Ramos Vinolas defeated his compatriot, Roberto Bautista Agut in 3 sets, to make place in the quarter-finals.