Rola and Melzer advance to quarterfinals

On the same day the Brazilian Rogeri Dutra Silva, the first champion of the ATP Challenger Visit Panama Cup, had to say goodbye, the Australian Gerald Melzer and Slovenian Blaz Rola went on to the quarterfinals.

Dutra Silva bid farewell from the tournament after losing to the Austrian Gerald Melzer in two straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, in the first match of the second round of singles played yesterday in the center court of the Fred Maduro (Llanos de Curundú) tennis complex.

Melzer, ranked number 153 in the world, had no problems beating Silva, who lacked mobility on the court and lost concentration after losing the first set 6-3.

Silva lost control and couldn't find his rhythm in the game.

After the match, Silva (147th in the world), commented, "I didn't have any rhythm and lost my concentration."

Melzer easily won the second set with a score of 6-1.

During the evening match, the Slovenian Blaz Rola defeated the Italian Potito Starace to make it into the quarterfinals bracket.

Rola won two sets 6-3, 7-6 (7-3 tiebreaker).

The second round ends today with four matches, and in two of them we'll see the action of the favorites, the Spaniard Albert Ramos and Slovak Martin Klizan, who is seeded eighth in the tournament.

The quarterfinals and two doubles semifinals matches will be played on Friday morning.

Source: La Prensa

Photos: Benicio González