Mathieu ousts 3rd-seeded Wawrinka at Swiss Open

Associated Press  |  Last updated July 18, 2012

MONTE CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 19: Paul Henri Mathieu of France in action during his second round match against Guillermo Coria of Argentina during the Rolex ATP Tennis Masters Monte Carlo at the The Monte Carlo Country Club on April 19, 2006 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Paul-Henri Mathieu of France beat Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8) at the Swiss Open on Wednesday to reach his first quarterfinal this season. Mathieu, who was injured throughout 2011, earned the key points with the third-seeded Wawrinka converting just two of nine break chances in the second-round match. A former top-20 player, Mathieu is ranked No. 172 after dropping into the high 700s. Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil downed fourth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, and fifth-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain rallied to beat Czech Jan Hajek, 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-4. Latvia's Ernests Gulbis saved 15 of 17 break points to edge Benoit Paire of France 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4. In the first round, seventh-seeded Colombian Santiago Giraldo beat Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen 6-2, 6-2.
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