David Ferrer of Spain hits a return shot against Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay during their men's singles match of the China Open tennis tournament at the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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October 19, 2016

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) Fourth-seeded Pablo Cuevas beat Slovak qualifier Jozef Kovalik 6-4, 7-6 (4) to reach the European Open quarterfinals on Wednesday.

The Uruguayan had 11 aces, and broke Kovalik once in each set in their second-round match.

In first-round action, fifth-seeded Gilles Simon of France beat another qualifier, Germany's Yannick Maden, 6-3, 6-2. Simon, a losing semifinalist to Andy Murray at the Shanghai Masters last weekend, was ruthless in converting five of six break-point chances.

Third-seeded Richard Gasquet played his second-round match against Spaniard Inigo Cervantes later Wednesday.

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