Berdych eases into Bangkok quarters

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Updated: September 25, 2013

Bangkok, Thailand (Sports Network) – Top seed Tomas Berdych secured a berth
in the quarterfinals at the Thailand Open on Wednesday.

The world No. 6 and former Wimbledon runner-up blew past Spaniard Roberto
Bautista Agut 6-3, 6-3 on the indoor hardcourts at Impact Arena.

Also in the second round on Day 3, sixth-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez
swatted 14 aces in handling Japanese qualifier Go Soeda 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 and
Igor Sijsling outlasted fellow Dutchman Robin Haase 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).
Sijsling and Haase combined for 29 aces, including 16 for the winner.

In opening-round play, fifth-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny mauled Italian
Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 6-2, while Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin drubbed Korean wild
card Suk-Young Jeong 6-3, 6-0 and Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lu routed Russian Evgeny
Donskoy 6-3, 6-2.

No less than five seeds are slated for second-round action on Thursday,
including No. 2 Richard Gasquet, No. 3 Canadian slugger Milos Raonic and
No. 4 Gilles Simon of France. Simon is fresh off his title in Metz, France.

Gasquet is the reigning Bangkok champion, having beaten the 2009 titlist
Simon in last year’s all-French finale.

The 2013 Bangkok titlist will earn $102,450.