Almagro, Hewitt reach Stockholm quarters

2:52 PM, Oct 17, 2012   |    comments
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Stockholm, Sweden (Sports Network) - Third seed Nicolas Almagro and former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt posted second-round victories Wednesday at the Stockholm Open tennis tournament.

The Spaniard Almagro got past Romanian qualifier Marius Copil 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), while the wild card Aussie Hewitt upended eighth-seeded Finn Jarkko Nieminen 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-4 on the indoor courts at The Royal Lawn Tennis Club of Stockholm. Almagro and Hewitt will battle in Friday's quarterfinals.

Nieminen was last year's Stockholm runner-up to Gael Monfils, who was a first- round loser here on Tuesday. Nieminen also reached finals here in 2001 and 2006.

Another second-rounder on Wednesday saw Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis oust fourth-seeded German Florian Mayer 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Mayer was a Stockholm finalist in 2010.

In some more second-round action on Thursday, top-seeded French star Jo- Wilfried Tsonga will tangle with Japan's Go Soeda and second-seeded Czech slugger Tomas Berdych will face Estonian Jurgen Zopp.

The 2012 Stockholm champ will earn $113,795.

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