Two-time former champion Tommy Robredo was ousted from the Swedish Open by Spanish compatriot Albert Ramos in straight sets on Wednesday.
Fourth-seeded Robredo could not even reach a break point against Ramos, who won 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals.
Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov rallied to beat Italy’s Filippo Volandri 2-6, 6-1, 6-4. Dimitrov also recovered from a set down in his first-round win against Swede Elias Ymer.
Argentines Juan Monaco and Carlos Berlocq earned slots in the quarter-finals after beating Henri Laaksonen and Blaz Kavcic respectively.
Top seeds Tomas Berdych and Nicolas Almagro were to enter the tournament yesterday.
AP, STUTTGART, Germany
German wild card Michael Berrer ousted 2009 champion Jeremy Chardy of France 6-2, 6-7 (1/7), 6-3 to reach the Mercedes Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.
The 153rd-ranked Berrer saved all four break points he faced against the third-seeded Chardy.
Berrer will next face Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, who rallied to beat the eighth-seeded Martin Klizan of Slovakia 6-7 (3/7), 6-1, 6-4.
Second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber beat qualifier and German compatriot Nils Langer 7-5, 6-2.
Another German, sixth-seeded Florian Mayer, was eliminated by Gael Monfils of France 6-3, 6-0. Monfils will next play Kohlschreiber.
AP, PALERMO, Sicily
Top-seeded Sara Errani beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova at the Italiacom Open again, this time to reach the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Errani won 6-3, 6-2, a year after beating Zahlavova Strycova in the final for her second Palermo title.
Errani will next face seventh-seeded Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain, who progressed after Croatian opponent Mirjana Lucic-Baroni retired while trailing 6-2, 1-0.
Five-time winner Anabel Medina Garrigues was knocked out 6-1, 6-1 by Dinah Pfizenmaier of Germany.
Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic also won her second-round match against local wild card Corinna Dentoni 7-5, 6-1.
In the only first-round match, third-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France rescued six set points on her way to a 6-1, 7-6 (7/5) victory over Portuguese qualifier Maria Joao Koehler.
HALL OF FAME
AP, NEWPORT, Rhode Island
Two-time defending champion John Isner advanced to the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships quarter-finals by beating Adrian Mannarino of France 6-0, 7-6 (9/7) on Wednesday.
Isner served 13 aces in his 12th consecutive win on Newport’s grass courts.
Simona Halep of Romania eased into the Hungarian Grand Prix quarter-finals, defeating Hungarian wild card Agnes Bukta 6-1, 6-1 at the Romai Tennis Academy on Wednesday.
At No. 3, Halep is the highest seed left in the tournament and needed only 51 minutes to complete the second-round match.
Before Wimbledon she won her first WTA titles in Germany and the Netherlands.
She will face Hungary’s top female player, Timea Babos, who beat seventh-seeded Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).
Fourth-seeded Annika Beck of Germany defeated Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3.
Beck’s opponent in the quarter-finals will be Yvonne Meusburger of Austria, who rallied to upset fifth-seeded Johanna Larsson of Sweden 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.