Second-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic dismissed Jan Hernych 6-3, 7-6 (7) Wednesday at the Gerry Weber Open grass-court tournament in Halle, Germany.
Berdych served well, hitting 11 aces and won 74 percent of his first-serve points and 52 percent of points on his second serve.
His opponent, ranked 218th, didn’t fare as well on serve. He hit six aces and winning 61 percent of his first-serve points and 54 percent of his second-serve points.
Both players traded breaks of serve in the first set before Berdych broke through for a second. There were no breaks of serve in the second set as both men improved their serving. The set went to a tiebreaker, which Berdych narrowly won.
The Czech’s next opponent will be fifth-seeded Serbian Viktor Troicki. The Serb cruised into the quarterfinals after he defeated Igor Andreev 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday.
Troicki hit five aces to four double faults, and won 67 percent of points on his serve. The Serb broke Andreev five times, and he won 57 percent of his returning points.
Berdych and Troicki have a 1-1 record against each other, with the Czech winning their last match in straight sets at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open.
“It will be a really tough game,” Berdych said to the Associated Press. “Only the ranking position could make me the favorite. He is really playing well the last couple of weeks.”
Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt, the tournament’s defending champion, won his first match since February after he defeated Leonardo Mayer, of Argentina, 6-3, 6-1. The 30-year-old Hewitt, now ranked 73rd, has been out of the game because of foot and ankle injuries.
Hewitt was originally slated to play Roger Federer in the first round, but the Swiss withdrew from the tournament on Monday. Mayer replaced Federer as a lucky loser.
Going into the match, Hewitt said he didn’t have high expectations about his performance.
“I didn’t have a lot of high expectations going out there. But things got better as the match went on,” he said to the AP.
Despite that, Australian dominated the match with his serve, winning 74 percent of his service points and hitting six aces. He held all of his service games and broke his opponent three times.
Hewitt’s next opponent is Andreas Seppi, yesterday’s winner against Tommy Haas. Hewitt and Seppi have a 2-2 record against each other, with Hewitt winning their last match at the 2010 Medibank International in straight sets.
Canada’s Milos Raonic, the 20-year-old eighth seed, defeated 88th-ranked Tobias Kamke, of Germany, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in his second-round match. The 6'5" Raonic had a field day on serve, hitting 14 aces and winning 90 percent of his first-serve points with a 75 percent first-serve percentage.
He also won a stunning 79 percent of his second-serve points. Although Kamke, who is 5'11", doesn’t have as big of a serve as Raonic does, he still managed to win 72 percent of his service points.
There were only two break points in the match, with Raonic capitalizing on his lone opportunity.
The Canadian will face Philipp Petzschner in his next match. Petzschner defeated Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4, 6-2 in the last match of the day. Raonic and Petzshner's match-up will be their first on the ATP tour.