Irish number one Sam Barry will meet compatriot Daniel Glancy in the quarter-finals of the FBD Irish Open after both players recorded victories in the second round of the event at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin today.
Top seed Barry beat Britain’s Scott Duncan 6-4, 6-3 in a match where the main difference was the quality of Barry’s serve.
The Limerick man never looked in danger of losing his serve and racked up an impressive tally of aces during the match.
The world number 345 enjoyed a purple patch at the end of the first set, breaking Duncan in the ninth game of the first set and again at the very start of the second set.
Glancy needed a third set tie-break to defeat Britain’s Aaron Banasik 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2) in a scrappy match which lasted over three hours.
Both players delivered error-strewn displays in the early stages, but the standard of play improved in the deciding set and Glancy maintained his composure to prevail in the tie-breaker.
As training partners in National Tennis Academy in DCU, Barry and Glancy know one another’s games well, but Thursday’s quarter-final will mark the first occasion that they have met competitively.
Local wildcard Rob Dudley saw his tournament came to an end when he was beaten in comprehensive fashion by Britain’s Jonny O’Mara.
The eighth seed, who has been coached by Judy Murray in the past, had too much power and experience for the Donnybrook player. However, Dudley will take heart from a tournament which saw him win his first ranking points.
Elsewhere, Wimbledon 2012 doubles winner Frederik Nielsen had a comfortable victory over Ben Stide and is seeded to meet Barry or Glancy in the semi-final.
Second seed Edward Corrie ensured his place in the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over France’s Nicolas Rosenzweig.
Rosenzweig, who is ambidextrous and hits two forehands and serves with different hands, failed to deal with Corrie’s remarkable consistency and depth of shot which forced the frustrated Frenchman into numerous errors.