Frenchmen Dominate The Action At Open Ciudad Pozoblanco

Gregoire Barrere (photo: Open Ciudad Pozoblanco)


Four Frenchmen booked their spots in the quarterfinals of the Open de Ciudad Pozoblanco and will join their countryman Ugo Humbert in the stage of the final eight of the €45,730 ATP Challenger Tour hard-court event in southern Spain.

Maxime Janvier outlasted Antoine Bellier from Switzerland 6-7(6), 7-5, 7-6(4). In a close match, the 25-year-old from Creil withstood 17 aces and won three points more than his opponent to prevail after two hours and 21 minutes. Janvier will next take on fellow French Antoine Berrier. The No. 7 seed edged past qualifier Dan Added from France 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-1 in two hours and 10 minutes.

“I like this tournament here,” said Berrier, who was forced to retire in the semi-finals in Pozoblanco last year. “I like the rhythm of life, playing in the afternoon. I really enjoy my time here.”


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In the bottom half of the draw, No. 2 seed Constant Lestienne defeated Thiago Seyboth Wild from Brazil 6-1, 6-2. The 119th-ranked Amiens native saved both break points he faced and converted all of his own three break-point opportunities to advance in one hour and 10 minute.

Up next for Lestienne will be Antoine Escoffier. The eighth-seeded Frenchman beat Michael Geerts of Belgium 6-1, 6-3. The encounter lasted one hour and 29 minutes.