Marcos will open his campaign at the Bank Austria TennisTrophy on Thursday in Vienna when he faces German Bjorn Phau in the second round of the ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tennis tournament.
While No. 4 seed Marcos had a bye through the first round, World No. 89 Phau defeated last week’s Stockholm finalist Florian Mayer in straight sets. It was the 31 year old’s first ATP World Tour-level win in a month, since reaching the quarter-finals in Bucharest.
Phau’s success this season has come primarily on the ATP Challenger Tour, where he has won titles in Biella and Alessandria and reached the quarter-finals in Rennes and Orleans in the past two weeks. Marcos will face the right-hander for the first time, with the winner to face either Michael Berrer or Pablo Cuevas in the quarter-finals.
Marcos made a strong start to his campaign at the Bank Austria TennisTrophy Thursday, finishing strongly to defeat Germany’s Bjorn Phau, 7-5, 6-2, and reach the quarter-finals of the ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tournament in Vienna.
From 5-5 in the first set, Marcos stepped up a gear to reel off six straight games, clinching a one-set advantage and surging into a 4-0 lead in the second set with some superb forehand play. He then went on to seal victory in 73 minutes.
“It’s a great winning start,” said Marcos. “It was tough today in the first set, but I played pretty good so I’m happy I won. For sure it was helpful to have a few days off after reaching the Moscow final, but perhaps I came a little bit too earlier to Vienna; I came on Sunday night. There are not a lot of courts for practice here, so the preparation was not perfect, but I’m happy I won today and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s match.”
In the quarter-finals Marcos will take a 2-0 career lead into his third meeting with World No. 53 Michael Berrer, who earlier defeated Pablo Cuevas 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. He defeated the German most recently in straight sets in the Dubai quarter-finals. Marcos is bidding to reach his seventh ATP World Tour semi-final of the season.
“For sure it will be a hard match,” previewed Marcos. “Michael is playing good tennis, especially indoors on fast courts. But it’s another match, it’s another day, I’ll try to do my best and try to find the solution on court.”
The match is scheduled for fourth on centre court on Friday. The third quarter-final, Jurgen Melzer against Philipp Kohlschreiber, is due to begin not before 5:00 pm local time (6:00 pm Cyprus, 4:00 pm UK), with Marcos vs. Berrer to follow. Check out the full order of play here : www.atpworldtour.com/Scores/Order-Of-Play.aspx
Marcos’ campaign at the Bank Austria TennisTrophy came to an end Friday in the quarter-finals. World No. 53 Michael Berrer came from a set down to seal a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 victory in one hour and 51 minutes in Vienna.
Marcos clinched a tight first set by breaking serve in the 11th game. However, Berrer hit back strongly, racing through the second set with two breaks of serve to level the match. The German then earned the decisive breakthrough in the seventh game of the final set to seal his first victory in three meetings with Marcos.
Next up for Marcos will be the Swiss Indoors Basel, which begins on Monday, 1st November. Joining Marcos at the ATP World Tour 500 indoor hard-court tennis tournament are World No. 2 Roger Federer, No. 3 Novak Djokovic and Barclays ATP World Tour Finals hopefuls Tomas Berdych and Andy Roddick. Marcos reached the final in Basel in 2005. The main draw will be available on Saturday.