Fabio Fognini advances at Stuttgart
STUTTGART, Germany -- Fabio Fognini opened the defense of his Mercedes Cup title by defeating Andrey Golubev 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Fognini, who received a first-round bye at the clay-court event, saved both break points he faced and broke the 61st-ranked Kazakh player once in each set.
The top-seeded Italian will next face the seventh-seeded Santiago Giraldo of Colombia, who defeated qualifier Philipp Davydenko of Russia 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3.
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