Dolgopolov, Ljubicic reach Moselle Open quarters

Updated: 22 September 2011 10:09 IST

Third-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine rallied from a set down to beat Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday and reach the quarterfinals of the Moselle Open.

Metz, France:

Third-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine rallied from a set down to beat Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday and reach the quarterfinals of the Moselle Open.

He was joined by No. 4 Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia, who beat French qualifier Nicolas Renavand 7-5, 7-5, and eight-seeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg who overcame French wild card Benoit Paire 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Dolgopolov saved six of the seven break points he faced against Baghdatis. Ljubicic, who won the tournament in 2005, hit 13 aces and broke Renavand once in each set.

Meanwhile, Arnaud Clement of France, Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany and Igor Kunitsyn of Russia all advanced to the second round.

Clement, the 2003 champion, beat Michael Llodra 6-3, 6-4 and will next face Nicolas Mahut of France. The seventh-seeded Kohlschreiber beat Jonathan Dasnieres de Veigy 6-4, 7-6 (4), and Kunitsyn defeated Kenny De Schepper 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.

Kohlschreiber will next play Dutch qualifier Igor Sijsling, while Kunitsyn will meet sixth-seeded Xavier Malisse of Belgium.

Topics : Tennis Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Ivan Ljubicic Clement Reix Nicolas Almagro Alexandr Dolgopolov James Blake Albano Olivetti
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