With all first-round results in, the seeds are safely through to the semi-finals while the tournament’s bagel count explodes.
On Monday, third seed Milan “The Djoker” Petkovic made light work of his opening match as he deposed of Ali Mehrabi with a decisive 6-0, 6-0 victory. Meanwhile, twice semi-finalist Dion Boesten secured his MF 6.65 crown with a straightforward win over Antonino Simone: 6-0, 6-2. Boesten now faces a tough contest with second seed Jacques Resing on this way to the semi-finals.
On Tuesday, the bagels kept on coming as Jerry den Hartog made a winning return to competitive tennis. Unseeded this year, Jerry was nonetheless ruthless in denying “Bagel King” Jan-Willem Knopper any game, a fate that was bestowed on him for the third consecutive time. Even so, Jan-Willem saw the positives in his performance: “I played some good balls, and I even managed to get some break points!”. Should he be able to bring his winning attitude to the court again next year, he may be favorite to get a game next year… In the bagels department, Sebastiaan de Hoogh narrowly avoided double bagels last year, but could not repeat that strong performance this year: 6-0, 6-0 against the Vanquisher from Veldhoven, Thijs Laarhoven.
However, apart from all the bagels, there was also some more spectator-friendly tennis on court. Third seed Berry Schoenmakers started a strong favorite against Meilof Veeningen, and indeed, at 2-0, looked cruising. However, a string of mistakes and over-ambitious shots allowed the man from 058 (“Wust relle, must belle”) back in, and 4-2 down, Berry looked in all sorts of trouble. However, as true champions do, Schoenmakers found a bit of form and restraint to take 6 on the trot. At 6-4, 2-0 he was on the upper hand again and this time, he held on as there were no further breaks: 6-4, 6-3 to the third seed. However, after this strong performance, Veeningen must now surely be counted among the favourites to win this year’s fair-play award.
At the same time, Vinh Bui and Sunder Rao battled it out for the MF 6.74 (and SAN) crown. The first set was only decided with a break of Rao’s last service game as Vinh Bui took it 7-5. With this set in the bag, Bui was able to play more freely, and cruised to a 6-1 victory in the second. However, the news is not all good as Bui now faces the mountainous task of taking on Onno Boxma in the top-left quarter final of the draw…
Schoenmaker’s win against Veeningen means we see a repeat of the 2011 final already in the quarter-finals this year, as he takes on Jerry den Hartog in a mouth-watering clash in the bottom-left part of the draw. This match, and the other three quarter-finals, are scheduled to be played on Wednesday. Stay tuned for updates!