Mahut beats Mayer to reach Open Sud quarters

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MONTPELLIER, France (AP) -- Frenchman Nicolas Mahut beat sixth-seeded Florian Mayer 7-6 (3), 6-3 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Open Sud de France.

Mahut took a 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker and won the first set when Mayer double-faulted. He then broke the German twice in the final set to clinch victory.

He will next play the winner between top-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic and French qualifier Florent Serra.