10/4/12 5:17 PM | Kelli DeMario
World No. 6 Tomas Berdych is through to the final eight at the Japan Open following his straight-set win over Alejandro Falla. The second seed is joined in the quarterfinal by Marcos Baghdatis, who ousted fourth seed Juan Monaco.
(2) Tomas Berdych def. Alejandro Falla 6-3, 7-5
Second seed Tomas Berdych advanced to the last eight in Tokyo, having upended Colombia's Alejandro Falla in straight sets. The world No. 6 tallied nine aces and a pair of service breaks en route to a 6-3, 7-5 victory. Berdych ended the 79-minute match without facing a break point on serve.
"I was feeling much better physically than in my first match," said Berdych. "I was able to profit from that. I was serving well, was playing solid and when I had the chance, I took it. That’s why I was able to finish it in two sets."
He will face 8th seed Kei Nishikori for a place in the semifinals. Nishikori rallied to defeat former world No. 5 Tommy Robredo in the second round.
Marcos Baghdatis def. (4) Juan Monaco 7-5, 1-6, 6-3
Former world No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis is through to the quarterfinals after ousting 4th seed Juan Monaco in three sets. The Cypriot collected two breaks of serve through to a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in two hours and 17 minutes.
"I’m very happy I’m here. Every time I come here, I love it," said Baghdatis. "The people are great, the tournament is great, and the atmosphere in centre is very good. I just want to go out there to find a way to win and fight in every match."
Baghdatis is scheduled to meet Russia's Dmitry Tursunov in the next round.
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