July 25, 2018 / 3:00 PM / 5 months ago

Schwartzman marches past Masur into Hamburg quarters, Verdasco bows out

Tennis - WTA Premier & ATP 250 - Nature Valley International - Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, Britain - June 27, 2018 Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in action during his second round match against Slovakia's Lukas Lacko Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

(Reuters) - Second seed Diego Schwartzman outplayed Germany qualifier Daniel Masur 6-2 6-2 to move into the quarter-finals of the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg on Wednesday.

Masur, who collected his first tour level win of the season by defeating compatriot Maximilian Marterer in the previous round, looked far from comfortable as he won just 51 percent of points on his serve.

Schwartzman treated the crowd to a display of power hitting as the Argentine capitalised on two breaks of serve in each set to wrap up the victory.

Earlier in the day, Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro rallied from a set down to overcome claycourt specialist Fernando Verdasco 3-6 6-2 7-5.

Eighth seed Verdasco converted an early break point to take the first set but fatigue crept into his game as he struggled to match his opponent in longer rallies.

At 6-5 down and serving to force a tiebreak, the Spaniard committed four unforced errors to concede defeat after two hours and 10 minutes of play.

World number 146 Monteiro will look to reach only his second semi-final of the season when he takes on Slovakia’s Jozef Kovalik, who raced past German Rudolf Molleker 6-4 6-0.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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