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Berdych, Tsonga Reach Madrid QFs

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Tsonga© AFP/Getty ImagesJo-Wilfried Tsonga battled past Fernando Verdasco in the third round.

World No. 6 Tomas Berdych set a quarter-final clash with Andy Murray as he defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 7-6(5), 7-5 on Thursday at the Mutua Madrid Open. The Czech, runner-up at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament last year, is bidding to go one better and win his first title of the season.

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Berdych passed a tough test against Anderson, who has made a career-best start to the season with runner-up showings in Sydney (l. to Tomic) and Casablanca (l. to Robredo). The South African twice served for the first set at 5-4 and 6-5, but could not close it out and paid the price in the subsequent tie-break. Berdych then broke serve in the 11th game of the second set before sealing victory in one hour and 53 minutes.

French No. 7 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came from a set down to beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 49 minutes. Tsonga improved to a 3-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Verdasco as he saved four of the five break points he faced and broke Verdasco three times.

The 28-year-old Tsonga is through to his fifth tour-level quarter-final of the season and will take on Stanislas Wawrinka next. Tsonga leads the Swiss 3-1 in the FedEx ATP Head2Head, including a win last month in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters quarter-finals. The Frenchman is looking to reach his first clay-court final this week.

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Bryans Beat Fellow Americans Isner/Querrey
Four-time former champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan edged fellow Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey 7-6(6), 7-5 on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open. The top seeds converted three of their seven break points and won 71 per cent of service points to win in 78 minutes.

The 35-year-old Bryans are chasing their fifth title of the season and first on clay, following runner-up finishes in Houston (l. to J. Murray/Peers) and Monte-Carlo (l. to Benneteau/Zimonjic). They won this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in 2006-’07 and 2010-’11.

They next face Tommy Haas and Radek Stepanek, who knocked out No. 8 seeds Jurgen Melzer and Leander Paes 7-5, 6-1.

Seventh seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares advanced to the quarter-finals with a resounding 6-4, 6-0 victory over defending champions Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in 45 minutes. The Austrian-Brazilian pair won their second title of the season two weeks ago in Barcelona with victory over Robert Lindstedt and Daniel Nestor, and will play the Swedish/Canadian duo once more in the last eight in Madrid.

In other matches, second seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez fell to fellow Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco 7-6(4), 6-3, while sixth-seeded Indians Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna defeated Argentines Juan Monaco and Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 3-6, 10-5.

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