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Tipsarevic Powers Through; Monfils Battles Past Anderson

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Monfils© Getty ImagesGael Monfils battled past Kevin Anderson in three sets in the first round.

World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic powered into the quarter-finals of the Thailand Open in Bangkok on Wednesday as he dismissed Japanese qualifier Hiroki Moriya 6-4, 6-4. The Serbian dropped only 11 points on serve and converted two of his 10 break point chances to claim victory in one hour and 36 minutes.

Tipsarevic is looking to boost his chances of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with a strong showing in the ATP World Tour Asian Swing. The Belgrade native is currently ninth in the Race To London, with the Top 8 to qualify for the Final Showdown in London in November.

The 28-year-old Tipsarevic is playing his first tournament since a quarter-final showing at the US Open, where he lost to David Ferrer in a fifth-set tie-break. The right-hander is making his debut in Bangkok.

Seventh seed Jarkko Nieminen also reached the quarter-finals as he finished strongly to defeat Germany’s Philipp Petzschner 7-6(1), 6-2. The Finn broke serve five times from 13 opportunities as he wrapped up victory in 88 minutes. It is the first time since Barcelona in April that the 31-year-old Nieminen has recorded back-to-back ATP World Tour-level wins, having beaten Yuichi Sugita in the first round.

World No. 45 Gael Monfils continued his comeback to the ATP World Tour as he battled into the second round with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 victory over Kevin Anderson. Both players broke serve four times and won 98 points each in the close contest that lasted two hours and 25 minutes.

After nearly four months out with a knee injury, Monfils returned last week with a semi-final showing at the Moselle Open in Metz (l. to Seppi). The 26 year old reached the semi-finals of this ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tournament on his past two appearances in 2008 (l. to Tsonga) and 2011 (l. to Young).

Ivo Karlovic, the 33-year-old Croatian, now ranked No. 80 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, won 76 per cent of his service points and hit nine aces past Marinko Matosevic of Australia, in a 6-3, 6-4 victory, for a second-round meeting against third-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic.

Japan’s Go Soeda will face fourth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon in the second round after defeating Thai wild card Danai Udomchoke 6-4, 7-5 in one hour and 51 minutes. The No. 52-ranked Soeda improved to a 12-16 match record on the season.

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