Daniel Altmaier continued his winning streak at the ATP tournament in Madrid and reached the quarterfinals for the first time at a Masters 1000 event.
The 24-year-old from Kempen defeated the injured Spaniard Jaume Munar 6:3, 6:0 in 85 minutes. In the round of the top eight, Altmaier now meets the winner of the game between Alejandro Davidovich Fokina from Spain and Croatian Borna Coric.
Today Alexander Zverev against the top seeded Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz and Jan-Lennard Struff against Pedro Cachin from Argentina also have the chance to advance to the quarter-finals.
In the first set of his round of 16 game, Altmaier took the serve early from his opponent to make it 2-1. Munar was plagued by back problems and sought treatment. At times, Altmaier managed to win ten points in a row. Munar fought and didn't give up, but couldn't keep up. Altmaier used his second match point. "It's incredible to be in the quarterfinals now, actually I was already out," he said on Sky.
The world number 92. had actually failed in qualifying at the clay court event. However, he benefited from the cancellation of the seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta, subsequently moved into the main draw and thereby directly into the second round. Even in the duels with the other Germans Oscar Otte and Yannick Hanfmann, he did not drop a sentence.