STUTTGART, Germany, July 21 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic Friday was a quarterfinal winner at the Mercedes Cup Tennis Tournament at Stuttgart, Germany.
Berdych, the second seed, beat unseeded Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador, 6-1, 6-2.
Third-seeded David Ferrer of Spain beat local favorite Florian Mayer, 6-4, 6-3; fifth-seeded Jose Acasuso of Argentina downed Oliver Marach of Austria, 6-2, 6-3; and Argentine Juan Monaco was leading No. 13 seed Luis Horna, 5-2, in the first set when the Peruvian retired because of a right elbow injury.
In Saturday's semifinals, Berdych, who is 6-foot-5 inches, meets the 5-foot-10 inch Ferrer, and Monaco plays Acasuso.