Top seed Gael Monfils is regrouping back in the clubhouse of Munich’s Iphitos Tennis Club on Thursday, with #NextGenATP Hyeon Chung leading 6-2, 3-3 when rained stopped play at the BMW Open by FWU. World No. 16 Monfils, a winner of six ATP World Tour titles, is bidding to become the 17th active player with 400 victories, joining fellow Frenchmen Richard Gasquet (468), Gilles Simon (412) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (405).
Earlier in the day, Horacio Zeballos continued his rich vein of form in a big-serving encounter with fifth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber. Zeballos, who reached last week’s Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell semi-finals (l. to Nadal), saved all three break points he faced to overcome the three-time champion 7-6(5), 6-4 in one hour and 39 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals. Zeballos, who is competing in his 15th tournament of the 2017 season, hit eight aces to 13 for Kohlschreiber, the 2007, 2012 and 2016 titlist.
Zeballos will now face qualifier Guido Pella, currently No. 158 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, who won 28 of his 34 first service points to beat 2014 runner-up and fourth seed Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-2 in 77 minutes.
In-Form Team Oust Top Doubles Seeds
Brian Baker and Nikola Mektic, winners of ATP World Tour doubles titles in Memphis and Budapest this year, combined to lose just six of their first service points in a 6-3, 6-4 victory over top seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic.