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Raonic Falls In Eastbourne; Simon To Play Tomic

Eastbourne, England

Dodig© AFP/Getty ImagesIvan Dodig caused a big upset on Wednesday at Devonshire Park.

Ivan Dodig held his nerve in the second set tie-break to beat wild card and top seed Milos Raonic 6-2, 7-6(7) in 83 minutes on Wednesday for a place in the Aegon International quarter-finals.

“I couldn't have started in a worse way,” said Raonic, who was making his debut at the ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament. “I think I missed four backhands to start off the match. 

"I had my chance in the tie-break. But I don't think I should let situations where I get two double faults from my opponent pass by and not win a tie-break. I can't play much worse, so it's only going to get better.”

Dodig will next challenge eighth seed Fabio Fognini, who saved eight of 11 break point opportunities to beat Martin Klizan 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2 in just over two hours. 

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Second seed Gilles Simon topped 18-year-old wild card Kyle Edmund 7-6(5), 7-6(3) in just under two hours. Simon will take on Bernard Tomic in the quarter-finals. Tomic came through an error-strewn encounter against Julien Benneteau, who trailed 1-4 in the second set, 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(4) in one hour and 53 minutes. 

"I was up a lot," said Tomic, who has won back-to-back matches for the first time since early February. "I should have probably finished that match maybe 6-2, 6-2, but he did a good job to break back. In the third set I was very, very, very lucky to get out of probably four or five break points that I faced. Today, I didn't focus at the right times, but I was lucky to win in the end."

Former World No. 7 Fernando Verdasco lost four of his first service points in a 6-4, 6-0 win over fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos. Feliciano Lopez will play Verdasco after he defeated fourth seed Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-4. Lopez also beat Monaco in the second round of the London 2012 Olympics at Wimbledon last year.

Seventh seed Andreas Seppi, the 2011 champion and last year’s runner-up (l. to Roddick), overcame qualifier and returning semi-finalist Ryan Harrison 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in one hour and 40 minutes. For a place in the semi-finals, Seppi will face Radek Stepanek, who eliminated No. 3 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 6-3. Stepanek improved to 6-1 against Kohlschreiber in the pair’s first meeting on grass.

Peya/Soares Maintain Form
Top seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares advanced to the semi-finals, defeating Martin Klizan and Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 7-5. Peya and Soares, coming off a runner-up effort at the Aegon Championships (l. to Bryans), will next play Jamie Murray and John Peers. The British/Australian duo rallied to knock out third seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek 1-6, 6-3, 10-5.

Fourth seeds Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray edged Eric Butorac and Andy Ram 7-5, 7-6(2) to set a semi-final encounter with Marcin Matkowski and Frederik Nielsen. The Polish/Danish pair beat Paul Hanley and Ken Skupski 7-5, 7-6(3).

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