Third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcame some tough resistance from qualifier Mischa Zverev to reach the quarter-finals of the Open de Moselle with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (8/10), 6-3 victory on Wednesday.
Tsonga hit 12 aces and saved six of the eight break points which the Frenchman faced in a match that lasted 2 hours, 15 minutes at the indoor hard court tournament.
Gilles Muller of Luxembourg hit 17 aces to make it to the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/2) win over eighth-seeded Fernando Verdasco.
The 45th-ranked Muller, who produced his first win in three meetings with his Spanish rival, will next face the winner of an all-French contest between two-time former champion Gilles Simon and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
Fifth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber saved five break points to progress to the second round with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 defeat of John Millman. Next up against Kohlschreiber is Paolo Lorenzi, who rallied past Steve Darcis 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Darcis sent Belgium into the Davis Cup final by winning the decisive fifth match against Argentina last weekend.
Top-seeded Stan Wawrinka was to open his campaign against Dustin Brown yesterday.
St Petersburg Open
Third-seeded Dominic Thiem breezed into the quarter-finals of the St Petersburg Open on Wednesday, beating his fellow Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2, 7-6 (7/2).
From 2-1 down in the first set, Thiem won the next seven games to take the set and go a break up in the second as Haider-Maurer struggled with his serve.
Errors from Thiem helped Haider-Maurer to level the score at 4-4 in the second set, but Thiem cruised to victory in the tiebreak.
The 22-year-old Thiem, who is chasing his fourth ATP title of a breakthrough season, had not played since losing to Kevin Anderson in the third round of the US Open 18 days earlier.
“My last match was a long time ago, so it’s always hard to play your first match, especially against Andy,” Thiem said in televised comments. “It’s a good start to the tournament and I hope it goes on like this.”
Eighth-seeded Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakshtan went out in the first round, beaten 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 6-2 by Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.
In Wednesday’s other first-round matches, Joao Sousa of Portugal was slow to find his rhythm against Moldovan qualifier Radu Albot, but eventually came through 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Sousa next faces Marcel Granollers of Spain, who saw off Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia 6-3, 6-3.
Italy’s Simone Bolelli overcame the aggressive Russian 17-year-old Andrei Rublev 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to line up a match against top-seeded Tomas Berdych.
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