Hrbaty leads winners in Morocco

April 27, 2007 at 1:39 AM

CASABLANCA, Morocco, April 27 (UPI) -- Former runner-up Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia Thursday beat wild card Slimane Saoudi in the second round of the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco.

The scores in the victory over his Algerian opponent were 7-5, 7-6 (7-2).

Other winners were second-seeded Jose Acasuso of Argentina; unseeded Albert Montanes of Spain, who led seventh-seeded Nicolas Massu, 6-1, 2-1, when Massu was forced to retire due to an abdominal injury; and No. 8 seed Paul-Henri Mathieu of France.

Massu was beaten by Italian Daniele Bracciali in last year's final.

Friday's quarterfinals will pit the top-seeded Hrbaty against Montanes, Acasuso against Mathieu, third-seeded Julien Benneteau of France against No. 5 and fellow Frenchman Marc Gicquel, and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain will play Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean, the 2000 Casablanca runner-up.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
SB50: Denver Broncos face tough call at QB in 2016
Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend claims he hit her
NFLPA hopes to have independent arbitration for player discipline next season
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Group recreates 'Mario Kart' video game at UK mall