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Simon, Haas Advance To Quarter-finals

Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.

Gilles Simon© Getty ImagesGilles Simon In Action

Frenchman Gilles Simon (pictured) secured his spot in the quarterfinals at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships presented by Lilly, defeating German Benjamin Becker 7-5, 3-6, 6-0 in one hour and 45 minutes Wednesday.

In the third set, Simon blanked his opponent as he dropped just three points on serve and converted on four of his seven break point chances.

Simon has now advanced to the quarterfinals or better at five tournaments this season, highlighted by the title win in May at Casablanca (d. Benneteau). He entered his Indianapolis debut ranked a career-high No. 25.

The 23-year-old will next play German No. 5 seed Tommy Haas, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over American John Isner. Haas broke Isner once in each set, and saved all three break point chances faced to seal the win in one hour and 15 minutes. It marked Haas' first career win in three matches against Isner, having lost in the 2007 Washington quarterfinals and in February at San Jose despite holding three match points.

"I'm really happy about getting that match," said Haas. "It's always very important to have at least one victory against everyone that plays out there, so I'm really pleased with that one."

Former World No. 2 Haas is playing in just his tenth ATP-level tournament since undergoing shoulder surgery last November, and advances to his second ATP quarterfinal of the season. He posted wins over Andy Roddick and Andy Murray en route to the quarterfinals at the ATP Master Series event in Indian Wells, but withdrew prior to his match against Roger Federer with a sinus infection.

Haas leads the career series against Simon, 2-0. Their previous meetings both came in 2006, on grass at Halle and on hard-courts at Masters Series Cincinnati.

Chilean Paul Capdeville advanced to his first ATP quarterfinal of the season after defeating Australian qualifier Joseph Sirianni 6-3, 6-4. The 25-year-old won 78 percent of his service points during the 1 hr., 15 min. match to post consecutive ATP match wins for the first time since reaching the Washington quarterfinals last summer (l. to Karlovic).

Capdeville, who improves to a 6-11 season record, upset No. 7 seed and 2005 Indianapolis champion Robby Ginepri in the opening round. He next faces defending champion Dmitry Tursunov, who moved through to the quarterfinals after American Wayne Odesnik withdrew prior to the match with a back injury.

 

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