ATP Tour

Klizan withstands Brown test

2015-04-08 16:39
Martin Klizan (AFP)

Casablanca - Second-seeded Martin Klizan of Slovakia has withstood a strong challenge from Germany's Dustin Brown to win 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5) and reach the quarter-finals of the Grand Prix Hassan II on Wednesday.

In an evenly-matched contest, both players had three aces and dropped serve four times each.

Klizan's quarter-final opponent will be Spain's Nicolas Almagro, who did not concede a single break-point chance in a 7-5, 7-5 win against Argentina's Carlos Berlocq.

Sixth-seeded Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria also advanced to the last eight after beating Spaniard Pablo Andujar 7-5, 6-3.

Haider-Maurer, who had nine aces and saved all four break-point chances on his serve, next plays Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, who was leading 3-0 against Marcel Granollers, when the fourth-seeded Spaniard retired.

Top-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez is in second-round action on Thursday when he takes on Russian Mikhail Youzhny.

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