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Monaco, Bellucci Reach Gstaad QFs

Gstaad, Switzerland

Bellucci© Christian Pfander/Fresh FocusThomaz Bellucci is chasing his third Gstaad trophy.

Juan Monaco reached his third ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season on Wednesday as he upset third seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round of the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad.

The Argentine improved to a 6-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head standing against Garcia-Lopez as he converted five of his 11 break points and capitalised on a 43 per cent first serve from his opponent for victory in just over two hours.

The 30 year old is chasing his ninth ATP World Tour title and goes on to face two-time former champion Thomaz Bellucci for a place in the semi-finals. Bellucci also pulled an upset, ousting fifth seed Federico Delbonis 6-4, 6-4 in 84 minutes.

The 26-year-old Bellucci won his first ATP World Tour title five years ago as a qualifier in Gstaad (d. Beck) and lifted the trophy once again in 2012 (d. Tipsarevic). He has a 12-2 record at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament.

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Second seeds Marcel Granollers, the 2011 champion, opened his bid to reclaim the title with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Swiss wild card Yann Marti. In the quarter-finals, he will face fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar, who defeated Blaz Rola 6-3, 6-3.

In a first-round match carried over from Tuesday, Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen edged Gianni Mina 7-6(5), 7-6(3) to claim his first tour-level win of the season. The 22 year old goes on to face seventh seed Robin Haase.

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Second Seeds Upset In Opener
Second seeds and last week’s Hamburg champions Marin Draganja and Florin Mergea were beaten in their Gstaad opener, losing 7-5, 7-5 to Dominik Meffert and Philipp Oswald. The German-Austrian duo will next play Andujar and Monaco, who edged Germans Martin Emmrich and Christopher Kas 2-6, 7-6(6), 11-9.

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