Florian Mayer beats James Blake

Updated: September 19, 2012, 3:01 PM ET
Associated Press

METZ, France -- Fourth-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany advanced to the quarterfinals of the Moselle Open, beating James Blake 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday.

Mayer broke the American in the ninth game of the deciding set and served out for the victory. He will next meet fifth-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy or Frenchman Vincent Millot.

Seppi reached the second round with a 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-4 win over Croatia's Ivan Dodig in a scrappy match which saw 14 breaks of serve overall.

Later, top seed and defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France plays countryman Clement Reix in the second round.

In remaining first-round matches, American Jesse Levine beat Cedrik-Marcel Stebe of Germany 6-3, 6-2, and Michael Berrer of Germany advanced when Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic retired while trailing 6-4, 2-0.


Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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