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Berrer Stuns Chardy In Stuttgart; Monfils To Face Kohlschreiber

Stuttgart, Germany

Chardy© Marcus LangFormer champion Jeremy Chardy lost to Stuttgart-native Michael Berrer.

German wild card Michael Berrer claimed just his second tour-level win of 2013 when he upset third-seeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy to reach the quarter-finals of his home tournament, the MercedesCup in Stuttgart. World No. 153 Berrer, once ranked as high as No. 42, had not won a match before this week but now will face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the semi-finals.

"It can’t be better," Berrer said. "I haven’t played for a long time in main draws on the tour so to be in the quarter-finals on what people say is my weakest surface is really amazing. I’m looking forward to playing in front of the crowd Friday."

Berrer missed the opportunity to close out the match in the second set tie-break but claimed the only break of serve in the final set to seal a 6-2, 6-7(1), 6-3 win. Chardy won all 11 points on his first serve in the third set but put only 50 percent of first serves into play. Berrer pounced on his opponent’s second serve, winning 64 percent of those points.

Chardy, a surprise Austalian Open quarter-finalist in January, had recently reached the third round of Wimbledon and Roland Garros.

Slovakian Martin Klizan was another seeded casualty Wednesday, falling 6-7(3) 6-1, 6-4 to Bautista Agut, who reached the Chennai final in the first week of the season.

Sixth-seeded German Florian Mayer also bowed out, dropping to an 0-4 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against former World No. 7 Gael Monfils with a 6-3, 6-0 loss.

“I think I played good, very consistent,” said Monfils. “Obviously the first game was a bit tough, then I just felt very good on the court. I served very good today. I was very pleased about my performance. I was hitting hard and running good. I’m happy.”

The Frenchman will play another seeded German, Philipp Kohlschreiber, in the quarter-finals. The second seed made his way safely through, converting four of six break points in a 7-5, 6-2 win over qualifier Nils Langer in an all-German encounter.

“It’s always a tough match,” Monfils said of facing Kohlschreiber for a 10th time. “We have big battles together. Especially here we had a big battle in Davis Cup so I’m really looking forward to this one.” 

Kohlschreiber also reached the Stuttgart quarter-finals in 2008 (l. to del Potro).

The top-seeded duo of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez lost their opener for a second straight tournament, edged by Facundo Bagnis and Thomaz Bellucci 2-6, 7-6(5), 10-7. Dustin Brown and Paul Hanley, the No. 4 seeds, advanced with a 6-4, 7-6(5) win over Daniel Gimeno-Traver and Leonardo Mayer.

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