By Florian Heer
(April 27, 2014) MUNICH – Second day of the BMW Open qualifying in Munich took place in chilly conditions, about10 degrees Celsius with drizzle for most of the day. Nevertheless, the matches could be played without any delays or interruptions.
In Sunday’s opening encounter on Centre Court Tomaz Bellucci took on Alexey Vatutin for the very first time. The Brazilian, who had to battle through an almost two-hour fight on Saturday, had fewer problems in his match today winning 6-3, 7-6 in one hour and 43 minutes to take on Ruben Bemelmans in the next round. The Belgian defeated Dino Marcan in straight sets 7-6, 6-3.
Sixth-seed Ricardas Berankis had to face some difficulties in his match against German Wild Card Tobias Simon. The world No. 1040 made it an even affair in the opening set, in which the underdog eventually lost in the tie-break. The 23-year-old Lithuanian finally found his rhythm in the second set to seal victory in 82 minutes winning 7-6, 6-3.
Berankis will meet the winner of the first meeting between Martin Klizan and Martin Fischer. This interesting encounter was Sunday’s only match scheduled on an outside court. In the end it was the world No. 108 from Slovakia, who emerged victorious beating the Austrian 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 after one hour and 54 minutes.
Second and final match on Centre Court took place between Jan-Lennard Struff and Kevin Krawietz. The latter won the only previous meeting between the two here in Munich’s qualifying draw two years ago in three sets. This time, however, the qualification tournament’s top-seed had the better ending winning 6-3, 6-3 in 65 minutes. “I’m happy that I won in straight sets. I played a solid match today,” Struff said afterwards. “It wasn’t that easy today. It’s a difference if you play in sunny or rainy conditions. The court is much slower and there were a lot of long rallies today,” the 24-year-old added.
There will be another all-German-affair in the final round of the qualifying on Monday, as Michael Berrer defeats Filip Veger 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 39 minutes to take on Struff for a spot in the main draw. “Yesterday we went out to have dinner together and we practiced this morning. So I’m looking forward to playing against him tomorrow,” Struff said.
The final two matches took place while the rain was getting heavier. Norbert Gombos beat Aldin Setkic in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 in 52 minutes and Albert Ramos overcame Yann Marti 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Main draw will begin on Monday. “There are a lot of interesting match-ups in the opening round. We can expect a couple of exciting encounters,” tournament director Patrick Kühnen said yesterday and is looking ahead a great start into the coming week in Munich.
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SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 28 APRIL 2014
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
Qualifying – J Struff (GER) vs M Berrer (GER)
Not Before 12:55 pm
A Falla (COL) vs J Nieminen (FIN)
N Davydenko (RUS) vs F Delbonis (ARG)
Not Before 5:00 pm
I Karlovic (CRO) vs [WC] D Brown (GER)
SZ start 11:00 am
Qualifying – T Bellucci (BRA) vs R Bemelmans (BEL)
Qualifying – A Ramos (ESP) vs N Gombos (SVK)
M Przysiezny (POL) vs M Matosevic (AUS)
M Emmrich (GER) / C Kas (GER) vs  J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL)
MATCH COURT 3 start 11:00 am
Qualifying – M Klizan (SVK) vs R Berankis (LTU)
Not Before 16:00
D Bracciali (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) vs [PR] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR)