Gilles Simon and Marcos Baghdatis safely into Aegon Open Nottingham quarter-finals


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Gilles Simon and Marcos Baghdatis successfully navigated their way into the quarter-finals of the Aegon Open Nottingham but Feliciano Lopez was toppled by Yen-Hsun Lu.

The player from Chinese Taipei, a winner over Andy Roddick at Wimbledon in 2010, was in superb form to end the out of sorts No.3 seed's quest for another British grass court title with a 6-3, 6-2 win.

Feliciano LopezIn the quarter-finals he will join the likes of Simon, Baghdatis, Sam Querrey and Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Simon safely advanced to the last-eight as he showed no sign of fatigue after his marathon match with Marcel Granollers late on Tuesday evening.

The No.2 seed eased past Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-1 and faces a tricky match-up with Querrey on Thursday.

“I was really confident in the second set. I was playing better and better as the match went on. It was a very good match for me,” said Simon.

“My tennis is in great shape, physically I’m good. This is the kind of practice I would want to have before a (Grand) Slam, so I feel good right now,” he added. 

Sun hats, sun lotion and ice creams were in high demand as temperatures reached 22 degrees at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Around the grounds, big-serving Querrey overcame Pablo Cuevas in two tie-break sets, Dolgopolov saw off the challenge of Dominic Thiem while Simone Bolelli, Leonardo Mayer and Denis Istomin also served up wins

Marcos BaghdatisFor Baghdatis, after dispatching top seed David Ferrer on Tuesday, Wednesday brought a different prospect all together in the face of wildcard Alexander Zverev.

Zverev, 18, held his first service game but dropped the next as Baghdatis took an early 4-1 lead on his way to going one set up 6-3.

The Cypriot was clinical on his break points and converted two more to wrap the match up 6-3, 6-3 and said afterwards: “Tactically I was on the spot, so I’m very happy I found the way again.

“On grass, it’s tough to beat me, that is for sure. I love this surface and I like playing in England. But it’s also difficult for me to win – there are some great players here.”

On court tomorrow:

Eight singles players, including three seeds, are left in the draw and all are on court on Thursday with play starting from 12pm. 

Quarter-final line-up:

Yen-Hsun Lu




M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs S. Bolelli (ITA)

[4] L. Mayer (ARG) vs D. Istomin (UZB)

[12] S. Querrey (USA) vs [2] G. Simon (FRA)

A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs Y. Lu (TPE) 

Quote of the day:

Marcos Baghdatis on facing Simone Bolelli: “We’ve known each other since we were 13 or 14. He knows my strengths and weaknesses, I know his, so it’s a chess game both ways.”

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