Marc Gicquel beat Nicolas Mahut 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday at the Grand Prix Hassan II to reach the quarter-finals of a tournament for the second time this season.
The fifth-seeded Gicquel, who also reached the quarter-finals at the Zagreb Open in February, will next play No. 3 Julien Benneteau of France, who beat Michael Russell of the US 6-3, 6-3.
Also on Wednesday, Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo defeated Thierry Ascione of France 6-4, 7-6 (4).
The Spaniard will next play Sebastien Grosjean of France, who rallied from a set down to beat No. 6 Arnaud Clement 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Clement broke Grosjean in the opening game of the match and in the third game of the second set. But Grosjean broke Clement in the fourth game of the second set and saved two breakpoints in the next game.
Top-seeded Tathiana Garbin withdrew from the Gaz de France Budapest Grand Prix on Wednesday because of a left thigh injury.
The 23rd-ranked Italian was hurt when she beat Nuria Llagostera Vives 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a rain-delayed, first-round match. The first two sets had been played on Tuesday.
Also in the first round, fifth-seeded Eleni Daniilidou of Greece defeated Greta Arn of Germany 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 and Gisela Dulko of Argentina beat Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-2, 6-2.
Agnes Szavay of Hungary upset seventh-seeded Elena Likhovtseva of Russia 6-4, 6-1.
Szavay, the 2005 junior French Open and Wimbledon champions, led 5-1 in the first set before Likhovtseva fought back to 5-4.
Likhovtseva was able to hold serve only once in the second set.
In the second round, Anne Kremer of Luxembourg defeated Alberta Brianti of Italy 6-4, 6-1 and Karin Knapp of Italy rallied to beat Karolina Sprem of Croatia 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
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