Marcos was forced to call on all his fighting qualities and high levels of fitness Thursday to earn his place in the quarter-finals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. After rain had allowed him just one game on Wednesday evening, he returned to record two three-set victories in hot conditions in Washington D.C., to reach the last eight. "I'm really happy to get through two matches in one day,” said Marcos. “It's nice to know all the hard physical work I've been doing has been worthwhile."
First up was Somdev Devvarman in the second round. Marcos was looking to make amends for the defeat he suffered to Devvarman in Indian Wells this season, and made the perfect start to their third meeting as he quickly clinched the opening set with two breaks of serve. However, India’s Devvarman struck back strongly in the second set and reeled off six straight games to level the match.
Marcos did well to halt Devvarman’s growing momentum and looked to have made the decisive break in the match when he went up 4-3 in the final set. Serving for the match in the 10th game, though, Marcos was challenged again by the No. 65-ranked Devvarman, who broke back to draw level. Undeterred, Marcos immediately regained his advantage and, at the second time of asking, served out the 6-2, 0-6, 7-5 victory in just over two hours.
After a couple of hours rest, Marcos then returned to court to face Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci, who had beaten Tommy Haas in three sets in the second round earlier in the day. World No. 36 Bellucci made the better start to the match, converting one of his two break points to take the opening set.
Strong serving from Marcos gave him the foundation to recover, though. Overall he hit won 83 per cent of points behind his first serve, including 15 aces, and lost only 12 more points on serve in the second and third sets. He broke Bellucci once in the second set, and three times more in the third as he claimed the 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory in one hour and 38 minutes.
Through to his fourth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season, Marcos will face American Donald Young on Friday. It will be their first meeting after World No. 128 Young defeated countryman Michael Russell 6-3, 6-3.
“I expect a tough match tomorrow,” said Marcos. “Young has nothing to lose and will be the crowd favourite, but I fought really hard today and am going to do the same tomorrow.”
The match is scheduled to take place on Stadium court Friday, beginning not before 5:00pm local time (9pm GMT, midnight Cyprus). Check out the full order of play here.
Marcos lost to Don Young 6-3 7-6(4). he's shown signs of brilliance but apparently felt yesterday's fatigue and tiredness and Don was quite impressive today.
although Marcos failed to maintain his ranking points tally i don't mind that much seeing him losing today. it's the big tournaments that count the most. he certainly handed a tough draw in Montreal; Isner then Troicki...
but Marcos knows where he stands, even when he's sitting.
Marcos’ campaign at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic came to an end at the quarter-final stage on Friday as he was beaten by American Donald Young 6-3, 7-6(4).
After playing two three-set matches on Thursday to book his place in the last eight, Marcos suffered a jaded start against Young and was broken to love in the fourth game. Although Marcos lifted his game and established himself better on serve, his opponent’s level did not drop and it was the American who clinched the opener.
Marcos made a much better start to the second set, reining in his unforced errors and reaping the benefits as he went up 3-0. However, the 22-year-old Young, on a mission to reach his first ATP World Tour semi-final reeled off four straight games to take command of the set.
A tight service game from Young allowed Marcos to hit back immediately, and he subsequently had three chances in the 12th game to win the second set, but was denied on each one by Young, who forced the set to a tie-break. It was to be a tie-break Marcos could never quite take control of, falling behind from the first ball and struggling to wrest the momentum from his opponent as Young went on to seal victory in 87 minutes.
“It’s not an excuse, but for sure, playing six sets yesterday was a tough day,” said Marcos. “I wasn’t 100 per cent ready today. He played smart. He knew that I was a bit tired. ... My hands were a bit tight. I couldn’t just hit the ball the way I was hitting it yesterday. You never know. He’s a young kid. Maybe mentally he would give up a bit, just put his head down. But he didn’t give up.”
Marcos will move on now to the Rogers Cup, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Montreal, Canada, where he has been drawn to face in-form American John Isner in the first round.