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Thiemo de Bakker reaches Atlanta Open quarters


ATLANTA (AP) — Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker beat second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 7-5 on Thursday night in the rain-delayed second round of the Atlanta Open to advance to the quarterfinals.

De Bakker retired from his final qualifying match because of a sore neck and still made the field as one of three “Lucky Losers” following the late withdrawals of Gaels Monfils, Richard Gasquet and Radek Stepanek.

De Bakker, ranked 142nd in the world, overcame a 5-3 deficit in the second set.

Ben Becker of Germany also had an upset win, topping seventh-seeded Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan 6-4, 6-3.

In late matches, topped John Isner faced follow American Robby Ginepri, and eighth-seeded Marinko Matosevic of Australia played Tim Smyczek of the United States.