Coric advances to Hassan II quarters without hitting a ball

by: AP | April 06, 2016

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The 19-year-old Croat next faces veteran Mathieu after the 34-year-old Frenchman beat Gonzalez. (AP)

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) Third-seeded Borna Coric advanced to the Grand Prix Hassan II quarterfinals on Wednesday with a walkover after Italian opponent Simone Bolelli withdrew with a left-knee injury.

The 19-year-old Croat next faces veteran Paul-Henri Mathieu after the 34-year-old Frenchman beat Maximo Gonzalez 7-6 (4), 6-0, breaking the Argentine's serve four times.

Coric and Mathieu have never played each other before.

Meanwhile, Argentine Facundo Bagnis also reached the last eight after upsetting second-seeded Joao Sousa 6-2, 6-4, breaking the Portuguese player's serve five times.

Bagnis next faces former runner-up Albert Montanes, who advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win against fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

In remaining first-round play, No. 7 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain had five aces in a 6-2, 6-3 win against Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.

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