Top 3 seeded players, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray won their second round matches without any troubles. Nadal and Federer lost only 2 games more than in the first round, Murray defeated Philipp Petzschner after identical scoreline like in the first round against Montanes – 6-2 6-4.
“Yesterday, I played good and today also I played good” said Nadal. “It was a little difficult out there because he is a tough, steady player” said Federer. “He was unpredictable at the start, but I managed to get ahead and keep my momentum and that always helps” said Murray.
Sergey Stakhovsky of Ukraine, has reached first ATP quarter final since surprising triumph in Zagreb (February) last year, beating Austrian qualifier Alexander Peya. In the only three-set battle of the second round, Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Kristof Vliegen 6-4 6-7 6-4. Vliegen was two points away from defeat in the second set and was leading 4:3 in the decider but the last three game of the match won the German.
The second round was dominated by the French players, four of them (out of six who were playing) advanced to the quarterfinals. In the most exiting match, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcame Jarkko Nieminen 0-6 7-6 7-6 despite losing 9 out of the 10 first games of the match. Nieminen had also his chances in the final set, 5:4 (deuce), 4:3 in the tie-break with a mini-break. Both players won 98 points, Tsonga also last year won one match after losing the first set 0-6, in Hamburg against Nicolas Mahut. “Jarkko played very well at the beginning. For me it was tough. He hit the ball very hard – it is difficult when he plays like that” – said Tsonga. Djokovic’s conqueror, Ernests Gulbis celebrated only one day his biggest win. Against Paul-Henri Mathieu, young Gulbis wasn’t able to notch just one break of serve and lost 3-6 4-6.
Second round matches in Indie were postponed due to rain from Wednsday to Thursday. Nikolay Davydenko pulled out of the tournament because of a heel injury. The fifth-ranked Russian will miss Australian Open .”Here in Chennai, I just couldn’t do anything when I woke up today after playing my first match yesterday,” said Davydenko. The payee of Davydenko’s withdrawal, Lukas Dlouhy will play in the quarterfinal of an ATP tournament for the first time. Local favorite, 23 year-old Somdev Dev Varman has reached second quartefinal in career after upseting 4-6 7-5 6-4 the two-times Chennai titelist – Carlos Moya.
Doha – Second Round
(1)Rafael Nadal (ESP) d.(q)Karol Beck (SVK) 6-1 6-2
(5)(WC)Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Nicolas Devilder (FRA) 7-5 7-6(4)
(4)Andy Roddick (USA) d. (WC)Arnaud Clement (FRA) 6-3 7-5
Victor Hanescu (ROU) d. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 6-2 6-4
Sergey Stakhovsky (UKR) d. (q)Alexander Peya (AUT) 7-5 6-3
(3)Andy Murray (GBR) d. Philipp Petzschner (GER) 6-2 6-4
(8)Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d. Kristof Vliegen 6-4 6-7(4) 6-4
(2)Roger Federer (SUI) d. Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-3 6-3
Brisbane – Second Round
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) d. Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 6-3 6-4
Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. (5)Tomas Berdych (CZE) 7-6(7) 6-3
(3)Fernando Verdasco (ESP) d. Mario Ancic (CRO) 6-2 6-3
Florent Serra (FRA) d. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 6-4 6-3
(8)Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Michael Llodra (FRA) 7-6(2) 6-3
(4)Robin Soderling (SWE) d. Julien Benneteau (FRA) 6-3 6-3
(7)Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. (PR)Taylor Dent (USA) 7-5 6-4
(2)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 0-6 7-6(1) 7-6(5)
Chennai – Second Round
(WC)Lukas Dlouhy (CZE) d. (1)Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) w/o
(8)Marcel Granollers (ESP) d. Andreas Beck (GER) 6-4 6-1
(3)Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 6-0 6-4
(7)Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) d. Dudi Sela (ISR) 7-6(3) 6-4
(WC)Somdev K. Dev Varman (IND) d. (6)Carlos Moya (ESP) 4-6 7-5 6-4
(4)Ivo Karlovic (CRO) d. Ivo Minar (CZE) 6-1 6-4
(5)Rainer Schuettler (GER) d. Simon Greul (GER) 6-4 6-2
Bjorn Phau (GER) d. (q)Flavio Cipolla (ITA) 6-1 6-2