Fourth-seeded Pablo Cuevas beats Jozef Kovalik to reach European Open quarter-finals

Pablo Cuevas beat Slovak qualifier Jozef Kovalik 6-4, 7-6 (4) and had 11 aces in their second-round match.

By: AP | Antwerp | Updated: October 20, 2016 1:22 am
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Fourth-seeded Pablo Cuevas beat Slovak qualifier Jozef Kovalik 6-4, 7-6 (4) to reach the European Open quarterfinals on Wednesday.

The Uruguayan had 11 aces, and broke Kovalik once in each set in their second-round match.

In first-round action, fifth-seeded Gilles Simon of France beat another qualifier, Germany’s Yannick Maden, 6-3, 6-2. Simon, a losing semifinalist to Andy Murray at the Shanghai Masters last weekend, was ruthless in converting five of six break-point chances.

Third-seeded Richard Gasquet played his second-round match against Spaniard Inigo Cervantes later Wednesday.