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Anderson, Klizan Reach Casablanca QFs

Casablanca, Morocco

Haase© El KhaouaRobin Haase advances to the Casablanca quarter-finals for the first time.

Second seed Kevin Anderson surged into the quarter-finals of the Grand Prix Hassan II on Thursday in Casablanca, dismissing Spanish qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta 6-3, 6-3 in just 62 minutes. The South African won 84 per cent of his first serve points and broke serve four times.

World No. 29 Anderson has a 15-5 match record on the season, highlighted by reaching the final of the Apia International Sydney (l. to Tomic) and the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (l. to Berdych) and the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (l. to Isner). 

Anderson goes on to face eighth seed Grega Zemlja, who hit nine aces and saved seven of eight break points to beat qualifier Henri Laaksonen 7-6(5), 6-1 in one hour and 40 minutes.

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Third seed Martin Klizan also advanced, defeating Italian qualifier Filippo Volandri 6-4, 7-6(5) in one hour and 48 minutes. Victory for Klizan snapped a four-match losing run, including opening-round exits in Marseille, Indian Wells and Miami.

Klizan will next play seventh-seeded Dutchman Robin Haase, who closed out a 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-3 win over Kenny De Schepper after two hours and 26 minutes. Haase won consecutive matches for the first time since a semi-final showing two months ago in Zagreb (l. to Melzer).

Knowle/Polasek Reach Casablanca Semis
Top seeds Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek reached the semi-finals of the Grand Prix Hassan II as they defeated Benoit Paire and Stanislas Wawrinka 6-0, 4-6, 10-4 in 69 minutes. The Austrian/Slovakian duo are reuniting for the first time since Dubai. In the first two months of the season, they won the Zagreb title (d. Dodig/Pate) and reached the Doha final (l. to Kas/Kohlschreiber).

Germans Dustin Brown and Christopher Kas defeated Blaz Kavcic and Grega Zemlja 6-3, 6-2 in the quarter-finals. Brown is the defending champion in Casablanca, having triumphed last year with Paul Hanley. Brown/Kas go on to face Aljaz Bedene and Tomasz Bednarek, who defeated fourth-seeded Italians Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace 6-3, 7-5.


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