TENNIS ROUNDUP: Quarterfinals set at Atlanta Open
ATLANTA (AP) — Fourth-seeded Vasek Pospisil of Canada advanced to the Atlanta Open quarterfinals, beating Ukrainian qualifier Illya Marchenko 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday.
In other second-round matches, Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko beat sixth-seeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 5-7, 6-1, 6-4; Israel’s Dudi Sela topped ninth-seeded Sam Querrey of the United States 6-2, 6-4; and American Jack Sock beat New Zealand’s Michael Venus 6-4, 6-2. Seventh-seeded Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan beat American Alex Kuznetsov 6-4, 6-4 in a first-round match.
Defending champion John Isner, the No. 1 seed, will open play today against wild-card entry Robby Ginepri of Atlanta. Ginepri beat Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky on Tuesday.
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, the No. 2 seed who lost to Isner in the final last year, will start play on today against qualifier Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands.
• GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) — Juan Monaco of Argentina beat third-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in the Swiss Open second round on Wednesday.
Monaco, who was a top-10 player in 2012, has won seven of his eight career titles on outdoor clay courts. He will play Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil, a two-time Gstaad champion, in the quarterfinals.
Bellucci won 6-4, 6-4 against fellow left-hander Federico Delbonis, the fifth-seeded Argentine.
Second-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain reached the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Switzerland’s Yann Marti. Granollers next faces countryman Pablo Andujar, who beat Blaz Rola of Slovenia 6-3, 6-3.
Completing the first-round matches, wild card Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland beat qualifier Gianni Mina of France, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3).