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Fognini, Haas into BMW quarters
Munich, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seeds Fabio Fognini of Italy and long-time German favorite Tommy Haas found safe passage into the quarterfinals at the $590,000 BMW Open.
Fognini held off German wild card Dustin Brown 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, while the reigning champion Haas handled Colombian Alejandro Falla 6-2, 6-4 in 74 minutes on Day 4 on the red clay at MTTC.
The 36-year-old Haas was playing his first match since a fourth-round defeat at the hands of Roger Federer in Indian Wells, having been sidelined by a right shoulder injury since mid-March.
Haas beat Philipp Kohlschreiber in last year's BMW final and was also the runner-up at this event 14 years ago.
Also on Thursday, seventh-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi drubbed Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos 6-3, 6-4 and Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis outlasted Austrian veteran Jurgen Melzer 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-6 (8-6).
This week's champion will earn $107,000.
05/01 11:25:31 ET
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