Sousa, Berlocq advance at Grand Prix Hassan II

by: AP April 07, 2014

AP Photo

CASABLANCA, Morocco -- Fifth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal beat Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-4 on Monday to reach the second round of the Grand Prix Hassan II tournament.

Sousa broke Sijsling twice in each set and won 81 percent of his first-serve points and next plays against either David Goffin of Begium or Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena.

Carlos Berlocq of Argentina also advanced with a comfortable 6-4, 6-1 win against Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia.

Berlocq broke Gabashvili's serve four times. The Russian player struggled throughout on his serve, making eight double-faults and getting only 37 percent of his first serves in.

Berlocq next faces either eighth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain or Mikhail Kukushkin, who played for Kazakhstan in its 3-2 loss to Switzerland in their Davis Cup quarterfinal last weekend.

More Stories

Garbine Muguruza to undergo MRI after suffering left Achilles injury

The Spaniard, who retired in Dubai, doesn't think that the injury is too serious. 

Wozniacki: New hitting partner Sascha Bajin is also my assistant coach

Bajin will assist Piotr Wozniacki, Caroline's father and coach. 

Mardy Fish not at all surprised by Federer and Nadal's resurgence

“I was surprised it took them this long, to be honest,” the retired American said.