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Monaco Cruises Into Stuttgart QFs; Bellucci Ousts Tomic

Stuttgart, Germany

Stebe© MercedesCup/GESCedrik-Marcel Stebe ousted past champion Jeremy Chardy.

Second seed Juan Monaco defeated Tobias Kamke of Germany 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday for a place in the MercedesCup quarter-finals. Monaco won 67 per cent of his service points and hit three aces for victory in 84 minutes.

"Today I thought I played very well from the beginning," said Monaco. "I was able to take all the opportunities I made so I’m happy. I’m trying to go day-by-day. I’m playing very well and in perfect shape. But every match is different and complicated, so we’ll see how far I go."

Monaco saved seven of eight break points to improve to a 24-9 match record on the season, which includes two ATP World Tour clay-court titles at the VTR Open in Vina del Mar (d. Berlocq) and the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston (d. Isner).

Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci reached his third ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season as he ousted third-seeded Australian Bernard Tomic 7-6(6), 6-3. The No. 64-ranked Bellucci saved eight of the 10 break points he faced to claim victory in one hour and 47 minutes.

"It was very tough," said Bellucci. "At the beginning of the match I was a little bit nervous. When I was 1-4 down, I started to play better and in the second set I was feeling more comfortable and more confident."

The 24-year-old Bellucci is coming off an ATP Challenger Tour title on clay in Braunschweig (d. Kamke), having been beaten in the first round of Wimbledon by Rafael Nadal. The left-hander is making his debut in Stuttgart.

Bellucci goes onto face German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, who saved one match point down 5-6 in the second set tie-break to overcome France’s Jeremy Chardy 4-6, 7-8(8), 6-3 in two hours and 47 minutes. World No. 82 Stebe recorded back-to-back match wins at tour-level for the first time this season as he reached the quarter-finals in Stuttgart for the second year in a row (l. to Andujar in 2011).

Slovakian qualifier Pavol Cervenak reached the quarter-finals in Stuttgart for the second year in a row as he upset eighth-seeded German Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-4. The No. 206-ranked Cervenak saved eight of the nine break points he faced to oust recent Gerry Weber Open champion Haas in one hour and 32 minutes.

"I think it was one of my best matches," said Cervenak. "I don’t think I’ve ever played in front of 4-5,000 people, supporting him, not me. So I think it was a very good match. I was really relaxed during the whole match, I think because he was the favourite. I think that was the key to the match for me, that I stayed really calm and relaxed."

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