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Granollers into quarters; Garcia-Lopez exits Gstaad

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7/23/2014 1:04:52 PM
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Gstaad, Switzerland - Former champion Marcel Granollers cruised into the quarterfinals, while two seeds, including Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, came up second-round losers Wednesday at the Swiss Open tennis event.

The second-seeded Spaniard Granollers grounded Swiss wild card Yann Marti 6-1, 6-4. The 2011 champ will next face fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar on Friday.

Former top-10 Argentine Juan Monaco upended the third-seeded Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 and is now 6-2 lifetime against the Spaniard, while another mild upset came when Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci drove out fellow South American Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-4, 6-4 on the red clay at Roy Emerson Arena. Bellucci was the Gstaad champion in 2009 and 2012 and is now 12-2 at this tournament.

Bellucci and Monaco will square off in the quarters.

Another second-round result saw Andujar level Slovenian Blaz Rola 6-3, 6-3, while one final first-round affair saw Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen get past French qualifier Gianni Mina 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3) in a match that was suspended on Tuesday.

On Thursday, top-seeded Russian veteran and reigning champion Mikhail Youzhny will open his week with a second-round match against Frenchman Kenny De Schepper. Youzhny titled here last year with a victory over Dutchman Robin Haase in the final.

The 2014 Swiss Open champ will earn $105,000.

Marcel Granollers (Photo: Canadian Press)

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