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Gael Monfils aces Russell
to reach Open Sud quarters


Federico Delbonis of Argentina returns to Brazilian Thomas Bellucci during their match at the VTR OPEN in Vina del Mar, Chile, on Thursday.

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Defending champion Gael Monfils finished off Michael Russell of the US with his 17th ace in winning 6-3, 6-3 to reach the Open Sud de France quarter-finals on Thursday.

Russell double-faulted to drop serve at 3-3 and lost the opening set. Monfils capitalized on a backhand error from Russell to break for a 3-1 lead in the second set.

Monfils next plays eighth-seeded Jarkko Nieminen, who dismissed French wild-card Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-6 (7/4), 6-1.

The top-seeded Tomas Berdych cruised past French qualifier Florent Serra 6-0, 6-2 in another second-round match.

Berdych, recovered from his grueling quarter-final loss to Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open, broke Serra five times to set up a match against Nicolas Mahut of France, who beat sixth-seeded Florian Mayer 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.

Mahut jumped out to 4-1 in the tiebreaker and took the first set when Mayer double-faulted. He broke the German twice in the final set to clinch victory.



Lukas Lacko of Slovakia ousted second seed Alex Bogomolov Jr of Russia 6-0, 6-7 (7/1), 6-1 to advance to the Zagreb Indoors quarter-finals on Thursday.

Bogomolov, a quarter-finalist last year, rallied after dropping the first set, but lost five games in only 14 minutes in the decider to bow out.

Third-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia defeated Grega Zemlja of Slovenia 6-1, 6-3 to reach his third quarter-final in Zagreb.

Defending champion Ivan Dodig beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. The fourth-seeded Dodig will face No. 6 Marcos Baghdatis, the 2007 champion, who downed Lukasz Kubot of Poland 6-4, 6-2.

Another Croat, eighth-seeded Ivo Karlovic, won his second-rounder by hitting a dozen aces past Dudi Sela in beating the Israeli 6-3, 6-2.



Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis reached his second career ATP quarter-finals when he upset third-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 6-2, 7-5 in the VTR Open on Thursday.

Delbonis’ opponent is scheduled to be Carlos Berlocq, who overwhelmed fellow Argentine Diego Junqueira 6-1, 6-0.

Second-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina defeated countryman Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), setting up a quarter-final against Brazilian Joao Souza, who upset Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez 6-3, 7-6 (8/6).

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