Monfils, Kyrgios move to Japan Open quarters

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TOKYO: French second seed Gael Monfils advanced to the Japan Open quarter-finals with a victory over compatriot Gilles Simon yesterday in a field blighted by injury.
The world number eight nailed seven aces to oust Simon 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and 16 minutes. The triumph was 30-year-old Monfils’ second victory against Simon, ranked 30th in the world, in their eight ATP meetings.
Monfils, who has made it to the semi-final in the US Open but fell to Novak Djokovic, was a runner-up at the Japan Open’s 2010 edition, when Rafael Nadal triumphed. In the quarter-finals Friday, the Frenchman will face Croatian seventh seed Ivo Karlovic (CRO), who tiptoed past Serb Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (11/9), 7-6 (7/5). Gilles Muller of Luxembourg beat Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-3, 6-4, and will be pitted against Australian Nick Kyrgios, who received a pass after Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic retired due to a back problem.–AFP

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