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Hanescu Upsets Anderson; Delbonis Reaches QFs

Casablanca, Morocco

World No. 89 Victor Hanescu upset top seed and last year’s runner-up Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday evening in the second round of the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca. The Romanian, who himself was a finalist in Casablanca in 2010 (l. to Wawrinka), saved the five break points he faced to prevail in 86 minutes. 

Hanescu next will face sixth seed Federico Delbonis, who reached his second ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season as he battled past Canadian qualifier Filip Peliwo 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4. The 23-year-old Delbonis won his first ATP World Tour title in February in clay in Sao Paulo (d. Lorenzi).

Anderson wasn’t the only seed to tumble. Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Nedovyesov ousted seventh seed Robin Haase 7-6(6), 6-4 in the first round to claim his first tour-level win at the age of 27. At the weekend, Nedovyesov partnered Andrey Golubev to a Davis Cup doubles victory over Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, though Switzerland ultimately won the tie.

Eighth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez exchanged eight breaks of serve with Mikhail Kukushkin before beating the Kazakhstani 7-6(5), 7-6(6) in the first round.

Two of the ATP’s rising stars won their openers. Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, who was named Most Improved Player of the Year in 2013, dismissed Tobias Kamke 6-1, 6-2, while last year’s Emirates ATP Star of Tomorrow, Jiri Vesely, defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 6-3.

Top Two Seeds Reach Doubles SFs
The top two seeds advanced to the doubles semi-finals. Top seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau needed just 35 minutes to defeat Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 6-1, while second seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers recorded a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Pablo Carreno Busta and Joao Sousa

Third seeds Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray opened their campaign with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Philipp Oswald.

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