Roger Federer downs Jan Hajek, reaches last eight in Hamburg

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Hamburg, Germany (4E Sports) – Top seed Roger Federer prevailed over Jan Hajek, 6-4, 6-3, to reach the last eight at the bet-at-home Open-German Tennis Championships Thursday.

Federer squandered 10 of his 13 break points, including five match points in the eighth game of the second set, but prevailed in 72 minutes.

“I’m just still looking for the timing and the rhythm here, but the longer I stay in the tournament, the more confident I am that I’m going to play better and better as the tournament goes on,” said Federer.

“I guess it’s to a degree some more getting use to, just to see how it reacts on every single shot,” he said of his new and larger 98 square-inch frame racquet. “Clearly it reacts better to some shots.”

The 31-year-old Federer will next face Florian Mayer, who beat No. 11 seed Feliciano Lopez, 7-6(1), 6-2.

Meanwhile, defending champion Juan Monaco will face third seed Nicolas Almagro after beating ninth seed Benoit Paire, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

Almagro reached the quarterfinal round after beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-2, 6-3, in 72 minutes.

World No. 11 Haas cruised into the quarterfinal with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over last week’s Bastad champion Carlos Berlocq. He will take on 12th seed Italian Fabio Fognini, who dismissed Marcel Granollers, 6-2, 6-4 in 90 minutes.

Spanish 14th Fernando Verdasco was granted a quarterfinal berth when recent Wimbledon semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz was forced to retire with a right arm injury. Verdasco was leading the fourth-seeded Pole 7-5, 4-0.

The in-form Verdasco will next face Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis, who advanced with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Russian Dmitry Tursunov.

On the women’s side, top seed Serena Williams beat Anna Tatishvili of Georgia, 6-2, 6-3, to make it to the quarterfinal of the Swedish Open. She will face Lourdes Dominguez Lino.

Flavia Pennetta advanced to the quarterfinal when second seed Simona Halep of Romania retired with an undisclosed injury.

In other second-round matches, Richel Hogenkamp beat Lesia Tsurenko, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3, while Mathilde Johansson downed Andrea Gamiz, 7-5, 6-2.

In Austria, Annika Beck ousted Mandy Minella, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, to reach the quarterfinal round of the Gastein Ladies where she will play eighth seed Karin Knapp.

Yvonne Meusburger defeated third seed Irina Camelia Begu, 6-3, 6-3, to earn a date with

Arantxa Rus, who beat Estrella Cabeza Candela, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3. Other winners were Elina Svitolina, Patricia Mayr-Achleitner.

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