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Dodig Stuns Tsonga At Queen's; Anderson Tops Lopez

London, U.K.

Anderson© AFP/Getty ImagesKevin Anderson hit 18 aces against Feliciano Lopez.

Ivan Dodig knocked off second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the AEGON Championships Thursday, edging the 2011 runner-up 7-6(3), 3-6, 7-6(5) in a third-round encounter.

Both players won 113 points, but it was Dodig who held his nerve in the final set tie-break to upset the Frenchman in two hours and 23 minutes.

Dodig is the fourth unseeded player to reach the quarter-finals in London, while Tsonga joins top seed and defending champion Andy Murray, No. 4 seed Gilles Simon and four-time winner and seventh seed Andy Roddick on the list of seeded casualties at The Queen’s Club this week.

For a place in the semi-finals, Dodig will play Sam Querrey. The American defeated No. 8 seed Julien Benneteau 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to improve to a 5-1 record versus Benneteau.

“I have been feeling better every week this year, and my serve is feeling great,” Querrey said. “I've only dropped serve once so far in three matches.”

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Ninth seed Kevin Anderson edged No. 5 seed Feliciano Lopez 7-6(10), 7-6(7) in the third round. In a match featuring just one break of serve for each player, Anderson hit 18 aces to Lopez’s 11, and won two more return points than the Spaniard to advance in one hour and 41 minutes.

The South African is through to his fourth quarter-final of the season, highlighted by his triumph in Delray Beach (d. Matosevic). This is his first final eight showing in five appearances at The Queen’s Club.

Anderson will look to reach the semi-finals when he faces Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian topped 2007 finalist Nicolas Mahut 7-6(3), 6-4, converting two of his 14 break point opportunities to claim the pair’s first ATP World Tour meeting in one hour and 36 minutes.

“I love this tournament. I played as a junior here, so I feel absolutely great every time I'm here.” said Dimitrov. “The atmosphere and the crowd, [and] the whole club, you can feel the history. Many players in the locker room are very pleased also to be here.”

Dimitrov, aiming to lift his first career trophy this week, improved to a 10-8 season record.

Xavier Malisse booked his quarter-final place with a 7-6(5), 6-3 victory over Simone Bolelli. The former Wimbledon semi-finalist is seeking his first grass-court title.

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