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Gilles Simon reaches ABN AMRO World quarters

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First published: February 13, 2013, 9:25 PM IST | Updated: February 13, 2013
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Gilles Simon reaches ABN AMRO World quarters
The fifth-seeded Frenchman will face the winner of the second-round match between Martin Klizan and Igor Sijsling.

Rotterdam: Gilles Simon became the first player to reach the quarterfinals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament by beating Italian qualifier Matteo Viola 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday.

The fifth-seeded Frenchman will face the winner of the second-round match between Martin Klizan and Igor Sijsling, who upset Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round.

Marcos Baghdatis reached the second round when his French opponent Benoit Paire retired while trailing 6-0, 6-7 (3), 4-0.

Another French player, fourth-seeded Richard Gasquet, beat Viktor Troicki of Serbia 7-6 (3), 6-1 to reach the second round.

Later Wednesday, defending champion Roger Federer was playing Grega Zemlja in his first match of the tournament.

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