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Tipsarevic Ready 'To Go All The Way'

Bucharest, Romania

Hanescu© Raed KrishanHome favourite Victor Hanescu upset fourth seed Mikhail Youzhny.

Top seed Janko Tipsarevic opened his BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy campaign with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Colombian Santiago Giraldo on Thursday in Bucharest. The Serb advanced to a quarter-final meeting with Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez as he saved eight of the nine break points he faced and broke Giraldo four times.

"I don't think it was an easy game, despite the score," said Tipsarevic. "I think it was very tough, especially in the second set, I saved a couple of break points to avoid being broken more than once. I came here to try and win the tournament, even though it's a very tough field. I am fit, I am ready, I am mentally stronger than before and I'm going to try and go all the way."

The 28-year-old Tipsarevic will contest his first quarter-final since winning the Chennai title at the start of the season (d. Bautista-Agut). He will need to beat the No. 87-ranked Garcia-Lopez for the first time, having lost to the Spaniard in their one previous meeting four years ago. Garcia-Lopez was a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victor over Sergiy Stakhovsky, winning in just over two hours after both players had broken serve three times.

Fifth seed Florian Mayer reached the quarter-finals in just under two hours, battling past Belgium’s David Goffin 7-6(2), 1-6, 6-3. The German was broken three times and won one point less than his opponent, but saved the three break points he faced in the deciding set to prevail.

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The 29-year-old Mayer won this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament in 2011 (d. Andujar) and has a 13-6 event record. The right-hander will face home hope Victor Hanescu for a spot in the semi-finals. The Romanian upset fourth seed Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-3 in 79 minutes, converting three of his eight break points.

World No. 55 Hanescu is through to his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since finishing runner-up in Nice (l. to Almagro) nearly two years ago. He reached the final of his hometown tournament in 2007, losing to Gilles Simon.

Mirnyi/Tecau Power Into Semis
Top seeds Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau powered into the semi-finals with a 7-6(1), 6-2 victory over wild cards Victor Hanescu and Gilles Simon. World No. 12 Mirnyi is making his debut in Bucharest, while home favourite Tecau is bidding to retain the title he won last year with Robert Lindstedt (d. Chardy/Kubot).

For a place in the final, Mirnyi and Tecau will face Andreas Seppi and Viktor Troicki, who defeated Martin Emmrich and Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 7-6(3) in 79 minutes. Lukas Dlouhy and Oliver Marach also advanced, beating Dominic Inglot and Lukas Rosol 6-2, 6-4.

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