Sousa, Johnson Reach Valencia QFs
Feliciano Lopez and Fabio Fognini lose in the second round
Steve Johnson maintained his run of form on Thursday by recording his 35th match win of 2015 for a place in the Valencia Open quarter-finals against sixth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or qualifier Taro Daniel.
Johnson, who finished runner-up to David Ferrer in last week's Vienna final, defeated second seed Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 7-6(3) in 75 minutes. Johnson came within two points of winning when he served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but Lopez broke back to force a tie-break. Lopez recovered from 0/3 to 3/3 in the tie-break, but lost the next four points.
Qualfier Mischa Zverev reached his second ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season by beating fourth seed Fabio Fognini, ranked 197 places higher than him in the Emirates ATP Rankings, 6-2, 7-6(3) in 78 minutes. Zverev will next face seventh seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who kept home hopes alive with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over wild card Andrey Rublev.
Another qualifier, Daniel Brands, lost just five of his service points in a 6-2, 6-2 win over lucky loser Albert Montanes, a replacement for top seed and three-time champion David Ferrer. He'll play Vasek Pospisil on Friday.
Later in the day, Joao Sousa converted five of his 18 break point opportunities to oust fifth seed Benoit Paire 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
Doubles Seeds Fall In Valencia
The No. 2-seeded duo of Lukasz Kubot and Leander Paes were upset by Chris Guccione and Andre Sa 7-6(6), 6-4, and Americans Eric Butorac/Scott Lipsky were 6-4, 6-3 winners over Andre Bergemann and Artem Sitak.