Simon, Haas move on to Indy quarterfinals

July 17, 2008 10:03 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Gilles Simon used a simple serve-and-volley game to beat Benjamin Becker 7-5, 3-6, 6-0 and reach the quarterfinals of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships on Wednesday.

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“I just tried to put the ball inside. Nothing more,” the Frenchman said. “I don’t know why I lost the second set and won the third set 6-love.”

Also advancing was Germany’s Tommy Haas, the fifth seed. He used an accurate service game to sweep American John Isner 6-3, 6-4.

Isner won just 5-of-27 of Haas’ first serves and 5-of-26 second serves.

“My second serve was very good today,” Haas said. “I used that to move him around a bit.

“I was glad to get a break early. You want to try to get a good start, because once he gets up in breaks and gets relaxed with his serve, he’s tough.”

Third-seeded Dmitry Tursunov of Russia, the defending champion, advanced to the quarterfinal round when his opponent, American Wayne Odesnik, withdrew with a back injury before the night’s final match.

Earlier, Paul Capdeville of Chile won 23 of his 27 of his first-serve points and swept qualifier Joseph Sirianni of Australia, 6-3, 6-4.