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Querrey Starts 2013 With A Win

Auckland, New Zealand

Querrey© Getty ImagesSam Querrey served 18 aces in his first match of 2013

Fourth seed Sam Querrey started his ATP World Tour season with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Olivier Rochus at the Heineken Open in Auckland on Wednesday.

"I feel like I’m playing well and if I keep serving well, keep hitting my forehand great, then I’m a tough guy to beat," said Querrey. "My goal is to win it but I have to take it one match at a time.”

World No. 22 Querrey won 94 per cent of points on his first serve and never faced a break point. He'll meet qualifier Jesse Levine in the quarter-finals after the Canadian took out Brian Baker 7-5, 6-4.

Baker saved seven of ten break points on serve but won just 26 percent of points on Levine's first serve in their first match-up.

The 25-year-old Querrey holds a 2-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head lead over Levine, though the pair have not played since 2010.

Second seed Philip Kohlschreiber had a tougher time against No. 53 Alejandro Falla, but preserved his unbeaten record against the Colombian with a 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3 victory.

“It was a very close fight," said Kohlschreiber. "Maybe I took a bit more advantage of the few chances I had.”

The German served nine aces and saved three of five break points to book a clash with Xavier Malisse. The Belgian converted one of six break point chances and served 15 aces in his 7-6(6), 6-4 win over Santiago Giraldo.

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Slovakia's Lukas Lacko extended his FedEx ATP Head2Head lead over eighth seed Thomaz Bellucci, dispatching the Brazilian 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and twenty minutes.

Lacko saved the two break points he faced on serve and notched up seven aces to reach the final eight where he'll face either top seed David Ferrer or Yen-Hsun Lu.

French wildcard Gael Monfils advanced to his second quarter-final this year with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Australian qualifier Greg Jones. The 26 year old plays Tommy Haas next.

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