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Top two seeds in Sofia Open through to quarter-finals

AP, SOFIA, Bulgaria

Second-seeded Viktor Troicki reached the Sofia Open quarter-finals after defeating German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday.

Troicki, through to his second quarter-final in three tournaments this year, said of Brands: “He has a very aggressive game, which I usually like to play against, and that is maybe why I played really well.”

Top-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain also advanced after Filip Krajinovic of Serbia withdrew before their second-round match because of a shoulder injury.

In another match, fifth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany beat Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in 90 minutes in the last single match of the day.

Also through was fourth-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy, who beat Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-1, and was scheduled to play seventh-seeded Martin Klizan of Slovakia yesterday.

OPEN SUD DE FRANCE

AP, MONTPELLIER, France

Third-seeded Gilles Simon lost his opening match at the Open Sud de France in straight sets on Thursday, struggling to return Dustin Brown’s serves in a 6-4, 6-4 loss.

Simon, who pushed Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic to five sets in the fourth round last month, was broken four times.

Brown had 10 aces, saved both break points he faced and won 83 percent of the points played on his first serve.

Brown next plays Ruben Bemelmans, who advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 win over Jan-Lennard Struff.

Although Struff had 14 aces, he failed to convert any of his eight break-point chances.

In the evening session, Paul-Henri Mathieu eased past fourth-seeded Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-3 in an all-French match. Next up for Mathieu will be John Millman of Australia, who beat qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

ECUADOR OPEN

AP, QUITO, Ecuador

Second-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain defeated Brazil’s Joao Souza 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the second round of the Ecuador Open at Club Jacaranda Cumbaya on Thursday.

In the other singles games, Argentina’s Renzo Olivo defeated Fernando Verdasco of Spain 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3; Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic downed Slovakia’s Andrej Martin 7-5, 6-1; and Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas toppled the US’ Rajeev Ram 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6.

In the men’s doubles quarter-finals, the US’ Austin Krajicek and Nicholas Monroe defeated Venezuela’s Roberto Maytin and Mexico’s Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela 6-3, 6-3, while Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci and Marcelo Demoliner overcame Germany’s Gero Kretschmer and Alexander Satschko 4-6, 6-1, 10-4.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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