Nicolas Mahut books quarterfinals spot in Hall of Fame tennis event

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Newport, RI, United States (4E Sports) – Defending champion Nicolas Mahut booked a spot in the quarterfinal of the Hall Of Fame Tennis Championships via a 6-4, 6-2 victory over qualifier Luke Saville Wednesday.

The 32-year-old Mahut converted four of his seven break points and fired seven aces to advance in just 70 minutes.

For a spot in the semifinal, Mahut will play Samuel Groth, who hit 24 aces in a 7-6(7), 7-6(3) win over Malek Jaziri in one hour and 42 minutes.

Third seed and 2013 runner-up Hewitt claimed his third consecutive quarterfinal berth in Newport with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over qualifier Ante Pavic.

Hewitt next faces sixth seed Steve Johnson, who was leading 6-3, 2-0 when his opponent, Tatsuma Ito, retired from the match with a left knee injury.

In Stuttgart, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Santiago Giraldo led the list of winners at the MercedesCup Wednesday.

The sixth-seeded Garcia-Lopez recorded a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 victory over Italian qualifier Marco Cecchinato in two hours and 1 minute to advance against Yann Marti, who defeated Henri Laaksonen, 7-5, 6-4.

Giraldo won 74 per cent of his first serve points in a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over qualifier Mate Delic. His next opponent is Russian Philipp Davydenko, a 6-4, 7-6(8) winner over Slovakian Blaz Rola.

Other winners were Louk Sorensen, Roberto Bautista Agut, Lukas Rosol, Daniel Gimeno-Traver and Benjamin Becker.

In his ATP World Tour debut, world No. 282 Renzo Olivo advanced to the quarterfinal of the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad after stunning second seed Tommy Robredo, 7-6(6), 6-3.

The 22-year-old Argentine qualified into the main draw and claimed his first tour-level win when Paul-Henri Mathieu retired in their first-round clash.

Joining Olivo in the quarterfinal were fifth seed Joao Sousa, Dusan Lajovic and

Pablo Cuevas.

On the women’s side, Simona Halep easily dismissed Indy De Vroome, 6-0, 6-4, in the first round of the inaugural Bucharest Open.

Joining Halep in the next round were Aleksandra Krunic, Polona Hercog, Kristina Kucova, Lara Arruabarrena, Monica Niculescu and Kiki Bertens.

In Austria, Andrea Petkovic ousted fellow German Dinah Pfizenmaier, 6-1, 6-3, in the second round of the Nurnberger Gastein Ladies.

In the quarterfinals, Petkovic will take on Stefanie Voegele, who ousted fifth seed Elina Svitolina, 6-2, 7-5.

In other matches, Karolina Pliskova downed Ana Bogdan, 6-2, 7-5, to seal a showdown with Grace Min, who disposed of qualifier Irina Falconi, 6-3, 6-3.

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