9 Jan 2013

Monfils advances to third round at Heineken Open

5:40 pm on 9 January 2013

The former world numer seven France's Gael Monfils has won through to quarterfinals of the Heineken Tennis Open in Auckland beating Australia qualifier Greg Jones in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.

Jones eliminated seventh seed Jurgen Melzer in the first round.

The fourth seeded American Sam Querry's had a straight sets win over Belgian wild card Olivier Rochus, while second seed Phillip Kohlschreiber was forced to three sets by Colombia's Alejandro Falla, eventually winning 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.

He will play Belgian Xavier Malisse in the quartefinal tomorrow.

The top seed David Ferrer from Spain, bidding to win a win a third straight title, plays his opening match tonight as does third seed Tommy Haas of Germany.