Alex Molcan rallied in the third set on Wednesday to post a 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (5) victory over fourth-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain to reach the quarterfinals of the Hamburg European Open.
The Slovakian trailed 3-1 in the third set before recovering to win the match. Carreno Busta, the defending champion, had 13 aces in defeat.
Molcan next faces Croatia’s Borna Coric, who notched a 6-3, 6-4 win over Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands.
In other second-round matches, Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina posted a 6-2, 6-2 win over Slovakia’s Jozef Kovalik and Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti defeated Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori 6-4, 7-5. In first-round action, second-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev defeated Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-4.
Jaume Munar of Spain defeated Alexander Ritschard of Switzerland 6-3, 6-3 in the second round in the lone match completed amid rainy conditions at Gstaad.
Top-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway and Dominic Thiem of Austria were among the players who had their matches pushed back a day. Third-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain was almost eliminated before play was stopped but saved a match point. Peru’s Juan Pablo Varillas leads the match 7-6 (3), 6-5.
–Field Level Media