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Roddick Falls To Darcis; Tsonga, Berdych, Isner Into QFs

Winston-Salem, U.S.A.

Querrey© Getty ImagesSam Querrey is playing his fifth straight week on the ATP World Tour.

World No. 81 Steve Darcis edged past fifth-seeded American Andy Roddick 7-6(6), 7-6(3) in one hour and 52 minutes on Wednesday at the Winston-Salem Open.

It avenged his semi-final loss to Roddick at the AEGON International in June. Both players won 73 per cent of their service points in their third meeting, which featured no breaks of serve. “I served okay, but I didn’t return too well,” said Roddick. “I didn’t hit the ball clean and he played better when he had to. I wanted to play better here.”

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Darcis admitted, “I didn’t expect this when I came here, I wasn’t playing well. I’ve played two good first matches and now I have played well, serving well and trying to be aggressive when I could. Of course it is a good win before the US Open.”

He will next challenge second seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, who advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Finnish No. 16 seed Jarkko Nieminen.

Top-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga improved to a 3-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky with a 7-6(1), 6-4 win in one hour and 34 minutes. "I feel okay because I feel have good legs, move well, [am] physically strong and I hit the ball well. Now I have to be a bit more focussed on important points," said Tsonga. 

Both Berdych and Tsonga are making their debuts at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament this week and improve to 39-15 season match records. Berdych is through to his ninth quarter-final of 2012 and Tsonga his 10th.

After a scare Tuesday in his opening match, defending champion and No. 3 seed John Isner moved comfortably through to the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Austrian Jurgen Melzer. Isner won 85 per cent of his first serve points and broke Melzer two times for the 71-minute victory.

"I played well. I served well. I felt my second serve especially well," said Isner. "It was just a break each set, a lot of time in my matches that’s all it takes. I would’ve liked to have converted more break points, I was 2 of [9], so gotta improve a little bit there. Overall, I’m very happy with the match and very happy that I’m still alive."

Sam Querrey, who is playing his fifth straight week on the ATP World Tour, reached the quarter-finals after the seventh-seeded American beat ninth seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-3, 6-4 in 66 minutes. Last month’s Farmers Classic titlist hit 12 aces and lost 16 points on serve to improve to a 26-18 match record on the season (19-7 since June). The 30-year-old Lopez, who saved two of five break points, fell to a 17-20 mark.

“I’ve done it before; in 2009 I played every week,” said World No. 28 Querrey. “I just felt I missed all of last summer, I didn’t win a lot of matches in the first half of the year, so I feel like I am making up for it. As long as I am happy and playing well, I don’t need to go home to train. I feel fresh and motivated. If you’re playing good, don’t stop.”

Querrey will play fourth-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who hit eight aces to beat No. 14 seed David Nalbandian of Argentina 6-3, 6-4 in 76 minutes.

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