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Bautista Agut and Monfils reach Open 13 quarterfinals

February 18, 2015

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Fourth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain and No. 7 Gael Monfils of France both won in straight sets to reach the Open 13 quarterfinals on Wednesday.

The 16th-ranked Bautista Agut broke Canadian Vasek Pospisil’s serve twice in a 7-5, 6-4 win, and next faces either sixth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium or Austria’s Dominic Thiem.

Monfils had 13 aces, saving all three break-points he faced, as he beat Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-2. He next plays either top-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada or Italy’s Simone Bolelli, who play Thursday.

Sergiy Stakhovsky also advanced to the last eight — with 15 aces in a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff — and the Ukrainian next faces either No. 2 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland or Frenchman Benoit Paire.

In remaining first-round matches, No. 5 Gilles Simon of France was leading 7-5, 2-0 against Pierre-Hugues Herbert when his countryman retired with a shoulder injury. Goffin broke Polish player Jerzy Janowicz’s serve four times in a 6-4, 6-2 win and Bolelli beat countryman Luca Vanni 6-4, 7-6 (4).

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