Almagro, Hewitt and Youzhny enter QFs in Stockholm, Mayer out

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Nicolas Almagro, Lleyton Hewitt, and Mikhail Youzhny are through to the quarterfinals at 2012 Stockholm Open, whilst fourth and eights seeds Mayer and Nieminen bid farewell.

As expected, 178th-ranked Marius Copil of Romania fell short to third seed Almagro. This year’s Sao Paulo and Nice conqueror Spaniard remained untroubled during his service games, while breaking Copil in the fifth game of the opener. As it turned out, this would be the only break of the match in which Almagro served out the first set with a love game. Both servers were in good form in the set two and warmed-up for the tie-break with a love hold each. The Spaniard stepped up it a notch after 3-3 and two mini-breaks later he was on the doorstep of the Stockholm quarterfinals. Copil postponed his dismissal for another rally, but was on his way home immediately after. Almagro won with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) end result and is meeting Australian champion Hewitt next.

Hewitt was matched-up against Stockholm 2011 runner-up Jarkko Nieminen. The former number one got off to a flying start and got his hands on a double break cushion by 4-1, but let it slip away in no time. A more settled serving performance later in the set, so the tie-break was imminent. Nieminen had an honor to grab a mini-break first to make it 2-1, yet the thirteenth game was all Hewitt after that – he snatched the opener after a six points run. However, he was broken in the opening game of the following set with the Finnish player adding another break to his tally by 5-2. Hewitt now needed to concentrate on a whirlwind of a decider. Two unconsolidated breaks in a row cost Nieminen dearly as he failed to keep the match alive at 5-4 down. Hewitt stole his third break of the set and seized a 7-6, 2-6, 6-4 victory.

An up-and-down performance by domestic player Patrik Rosenholm at this year’s Stockholm Open as he stunned defending champion Monfils yesterday, but was torn to pieces by sixth seed Youzhny in second round today. The Russian was in total control from game one on and served the Swede player a bagel after twenty-nine minutes of first-set tennis. The only time the athletes were on level terms was at 1-1 in the second set, but Youzhny picked up the pace again, not giving his 436th-ranked challenger the slightest chance for any kind of comeback. An overwhelming 6-0, 6-2 triumph for the Russian who is playing the better of Berdych-Zopp pair in the last eight.

In another second round match the runner-up from 2010, fourth seed Florian Mayer, suffered a three-set defeat against Ricardas Berankis. The result: 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

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