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Michael Russell reaches quarters

Updated: July 27, 2012, 2:28 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Michael Russell beat top-seeded Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday night to advance to the Farmers Classic quarterfinals.

Russell, the 34-year-old former University of Miami player ranked 83rd in the world, has never won a singles title in ATP Tour play. Paire, a 23-year-old Frenchman, was slowed by an abdominal muscle strain.

"It was extremely difficult," said Russell, the oldest player in the field. "Benoit has a really awkward game style. You never know what ...

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