Verdasco, Del Potro, Hewitt & Monfils make the final 8.

Defending champion Fernando Verdasco moved into the quarter-finals of the SAP Open in San Jose with a straight-sets win over Ivo Karlovic. Big-serving Croatian Karlovic fired down 14 aces during the contest but it was Verdasco who secured the two breaks in the match to seal a 7-5 7-5 success.

Juan Martin Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, is also through as he completed a straightforward 6-1 7-6 (7/1) triumph over Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko. The Argentinian will now meet seventh seed Leyton Hewitt in the last eight after the Australian overcame a slow start to defeat Del Potro’s compatriot Brian Dabul 3-6 7-5 6-3.

Denis Istomin required two tie-breaks to overcome America’s Michael Russell as the fifth seed secured a 7-6 (9/7) 7-6 (7-4) success. Wild card Tim Smyczek defeated Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-4 3-6 6-1 while France’s Gael Monfils was a 6-2 5-7 6-4 victor over America’s Robert Kendrick.


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