Tsonga and Berdych advance into Stockholm quarterfinals

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Top seeds Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych were untroubled in the second round of the Stockholm Open 2012. Baghdatis and Stakhovsky also proceed.

87th-ranked Estonian Jurgen Zopp may have held his first serve to love, yet he was never a contender in the opening set. Czech Berdych confirmed his second seed role by sweeping away his opponent with a five straight games run, including two breaks. With the first set gone Zopp improved his game and stuck close to the favorite until dropping a serve in the seventh game. One break lead was all Montpellier 2012 conqueror Berdych needed to serve out the match some minutes later and to breeze into the quarterfinal with a 6-1, 6-4 end result. It is safe to say that he will be facing a tougher battle against sixth-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny next.

Not much work for top seed Frenchman Tsonga against Go Soeda in the opener after he overcame a three break points threat in the game number one. The recent Metz winner settled his serving and wrapped the set up with his second break. Things got busier for the favorite in the set number two as he failed to escape an early loss of serve on this occasion. It took him some time to annul Soeda’s advantage, but it was all square again by 4-4. The first match ball was soon to follow, but the brave Japanese was not willing to bid farewell just yet. The Stockholm crowd thus saw a tight breaker with Soeda braving another match point threat before nine-time ATP title holder Tsonga finally forced him to lay down his arms. In the end, a 6-2, 7-6 (6) convincing enough triumph for the Frenchman who is to play Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky in his quarterfinal clash.

Stakhovsky threw out fifth seed Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in straight sets: 7-6 (5), 7-5.

Seventh seed Marcos Bagdhdatis dominated the encounter against Alejandro Falla of Colombia before the latter pulled out with a left foot injury: 6-0, 3-0 ret. Baghdatis will now meet Berankis in the quarters.

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