Mikhail Youzhny, Matthias Bachinger Win Before Rain in Gstaad
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Only two singles games were played on Wednesday due to heavy rain, but one featured a seeded-player closing a victory and another falling at the Credit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad.
Third seed Mikhail Youzhny is the first player to move on to the quarterfinals after he defeated Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-3, 6-2. Youzhny will meet Colombian Santiago Giraldo or Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria in the last eight for his third time at the quarterfinals of this tournament.
The Russian made it to the clay-court semifinals last week in Germany where he lost to Gilles Simon, but then made the trip to Gstaad, which is 1,000 meters above sea level.
He told the press at the tournament that, "It is not my first year here. I am used to it. It is hard to play here, but it is easier for me now."
Istomin was able to hit five aces and break once, but Youzhny was able to threaten his Uzbek opponent's service game 13 times and converted four breaks in his favor.
World No. 89 Matthias Bachinger entered the second round for the second time in his career to upset seventh seed Pablo Andujar 6-1, 6-4 in just 66 minutes.
Bachinger hit nine aces and won 86 percent of his first serves while converting three of his four break point opportunities and saving his serve 100 percent of the time.
After winning 61 percent of the total points in the game, he will meet France's Julien Benneteau next with confidence.
The Marcel Granollers versus Igor Andreev match will resume tomorrow at 6-1, 0-1.
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