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Monfils' Added Motivation In Stuttgart; Troicki Beats Teen
Stuttgart, Germany
by ATP Staff | 10.06.2015
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Gael Monfils doesn’t just want to do well for himself this week at the MercedesCup. The Frenchman is also under pressure from his fitness trainer to claim his first grass-court title in Stuttgart, not least because of the Mercedes on offer for the winner.

“He's in love with the car! He's been talking about it for two days,” said Monfils. “He said, 'I don't care if you're not a grass-court player, you need to win this car for me! So make the effort!' I've won my first match so hopefully I can keep it going and get this car."

The Frenchman made a successful start to his campaign on Wednesday, firing 18 aces as he defeated Andreas Haider-Maurer 7-6(6), 7-6(5) in 87 minutes. The Frenchman was playing his first grass-court match of the season after reaching the fourth round at Roland Garros, where he lost to Roger Federer in four sets.

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"It's always tough for me to come back on grass after the clay-court season," said Monfils. "I think I'm not a natural mover on the grass, it's tough."

A runner-up in Marseille earlier this year (l. to Simon), Monfils goes on to play sixth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, who defeated Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 6-4 in 84 minutes. Monfils boasts a 9-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Kohlschreiber, but the German won their only grass-court meeting in Halle four years ago.

"I obviously expect a very fun match against him," said Kohlschreiber. "He's a great entertainer, a great sportsman. For sure, he loves other surfaces, but you should not underestimate him. He's a great talent and can do everything with the ball. He's quite aggressive and comes into the net, so I have to be aware and ready. I hope for a good match."

Eighth seed Viktor Troicki edged the youngest player in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, Alexander Zverev, to reach the quarter-finals. Troicki converted three of his nine break points and won 73 per cent of his service points as he beat the 18-year-old German 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3 in two hours in the second round.

"I think it definitely should have been easier," said Troicki. "I was a set and a break up and didn't continue playing a good level. He used it and started playing better. The crowd gave him a bit more support. Also in the tie-break I was a bit unlucky on two match points. But that's tennis on grass. It can go either way. He played a good tie-break in the end. In the third set I got my game back together. First and third set were really good!"

The 29-year-old Troicki is through to his fourth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season and goes on to face Sam Groth, who edged third seed Feliciano Lopez 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(6) in two hours and seven minutes. The Australian struck 19 aces, to 12 from Lopez, and saved six of the seven break points he faced to level his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Lopez at 1-1.

"Obviously, I'm pretty happy right now," said Groth, who won the Manchester Challenger on grass last week. "Grass court is probably my favourite surface. I had a pretty good season last year on it. It's definitely a surface I'm comfortable on and I've had seven good matches now. I feel like I'm finally making some big steps."

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Third seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares broke serve three times as they dismissed Philipp Petzschner and Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 6-3 to reach the doubles quarter-finals. The Austrian/Brazilian duo were quarter-finalists at Roland Garros last week and are bidding to win their second team title of the season after victory in Munich (d. Zverevs)

Fourth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea joined them in the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 7-6(10) victory over Marin Cilic and Frank Moser. The Indian/Romanian duo are coming off a third-round showing at Roland Garros and won their first team title last month at the Mutua Madrid Open (d. Matkowski/Zimonjic).

Feliciano Lopez and Rafael Nadal received a walkover into the semi-finals when fifth seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah withdrew, citing a wrist injury to Farah.

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