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Monfils, Hewitt reach quarters in Halle



Halle, Germany (Sports Network) - Third-seeded Gael Monfils and reigning champion Lleyton Hewitt were among Thursday's second-round winners at the $1.08 million Gerry Weber Open, a Wimbledon tuneup.

The flashy Frenchman Monfils mauled Croat Ivan Dodig 6-2, 6-3, while an unseeded Hewitt handled Italian Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-4 on the grass courts at Gerry Weber Stadium.

The world No. 8 Monfils will meet sixth-seeded German Florian Mayer in Friday's quarterfinals.

The former Wimbledon champion Hewitt stunned fellow former world No. 1 Roger Federer, a six-time Wimbledon winner, in last year's marquee Gerry Weber finale.

The two-time major titlist Hewitt, of Australia, will face Germany's own Philipp Kohlschreiber on Friday. Kohlschreiber upended seventh-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) on Day 4.

One other second-rounder saw Mayer sneak past Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-4.

The other quarterfinals will pit second-seeded Tomas Berdych against fifth- seeded Serb Viktor Troicki and eighth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic versus German Philipp Petzschner. The 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Berdych titled in Halle in 2007 and was the 2006 runner-up here to the great Federer.

The 2011 Halle champion will collect $168,000.

06/09 14:26:04 ET