Open Sud de France: Michael Llodra and Gilles Simon both into quarter-finals
Last Updated: February 7, 2013 9:47pm
Gilles Simon: will next face fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire in the last eight in Montpellier
Frenchmen Michael Llodra and Gilles Simon both progressed through to the last eight of the ATP Open Sud de France in Montpellier.
Llodra hammered down 13 aces, including two in a row to seal the match, as he upset second-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-3 7-6 (7/4).
"My serve was good today and that helps on a quick surface like this."
The world number 62 rallied from 3-1 down in the second-set tie-breaker having come out on top in the opener thanks to 20 winners.
"My serve was good today and that helps on a quick surface like this," Llodra said afterwards. "There wasn't much in it, but I think I had more chances than him. I'm very happy to have won in straight sets."
Simon, meanwhile, saw off the challenge of qualifier Arnau Brugues-Davi by a 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 scoreline, despite only converting three of his 14 break-point chances against the plucky Spaniard.
The fourth seed's reward is a showdown against compatriot Benoit Paire next.
Llodra will go up against Czech Jan Hajek, who led 6-0, 4-2 against seventh-seeded Viktor Troicki when the Serbian was forced to retire.
Third seed Richard Gasquet overcame fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-3 2-6 6-3 in an error-strewn match and will face another countryman Julien Benneteau next.
Sergiy Stakhovsky also advanced to the last eight by beating Tatsuma Ito of Japan 6-7 (7/4) 6-4 7-6 (7/3), booking the Ukrainian a clash with Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.