Stockholm, Sweden (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seed David Ferrer and rising
Canadian star Milos Raonic moved into the quarterfinals at the Stockholm Open
The French Open runner-up Ferrer dropped the first set before rebounding to
beat big-hitting American Jack Sock 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, while the second-seeded
Raonic took out 31-year-old qualifier and heavy Swedish crowd favorite Joachim
Johansson 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) on the indoor hardcourts at Kungliga Tennishallen.
The recent Bangkok titlist and Tokyo runner-up Raonic and the shoulder-injury-
plagued Johansson combined for 26 aces, including 16 by the winner.
Meanwhile, Frenchman Kenny De Schepper upended fourth-seeded South African
Kevin Anderson 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-3, fifth-seeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis
handled Dutchman Igor Sijsling 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) and seventh-seeded Bulgarian
Grigor Dimitrov drubbed German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-1, 6-3.
Also, former top-10 star Fernando Verdasco outlasted Finnish fellow tour
veteran Jarkko Nieminen, a three-time Stockholm runner-up, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
The quarterfinals will pit Ferrer against his fellow Spaniard Verdasco,
Raonic versus sixth-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire, third-seeded Pole Jerzy
Janowicz against Gulbis, and Dimitrov versus De Schepper.
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