NICE, France (AP) – Olivier Rochus of Belgium rallied to beat top-seeded Robin Soderling 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 and reach the quarterfinals of the Open de Nice on Wednesday.
Rochus, who reached his first quarterfinals of the season, will next play either Richard Gasquet of France or Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.
Fifth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus also advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Simon Greul of Germany after converting three of his five break point chances.
"I'm playing good tennis, I'm feeling good on court and I'm finding solutions to win," Baghdatis said after conceding only nine points on his serve. "I'm clever on court and I'm happy with that."
Baghdatis' next opponent will be Leonardo Mayer of Argentina, who beat fourth-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 6-4, 6-1 to avenge a loss in Rome last month.
Potito Starace of Italy ousted eighth-seeded Lukasz Kubot 6-3, 6-4, his third straight win over the Pole.