Three top seeds bumped from Morocco

April 27, 2007 at 2:49 PM

CASABLANCA, Morocco, April 27 (UPI) -- Top-seeds Dominik Hrbaty and Jose Acasuso were upset Friday in quarterfinal play at the $400,000 Grand Prix Hassan II tennis tournament in Morocco.

Hrbaty, a finalist in the tournament in 2004 and the No. 1 seed this week, was dumped by Albert Montanes, who won 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in the clay-court event. No. 2-seeded Acasuso was also ousted in straight sets, losing to Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

The tournament's No. 3 seed also fell Friday, although Julien Benneteau's defeat at the hands of fifth-seeded Marc Gicquel wasn't a huge upset. Gicquel won 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

The fourth quarterfinal Friday saw Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo beat Sebastien Grosjean 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3).

Saturday's semifinals send Gicquel against Mathieu and Montanes against Ramirez Hidalgo.

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