Casablanca:Marc Gicquel beat Nicolas Mahut 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday in the second round of the Grand Prix Hassan II to reach the quarterfinals for the second time this season.
The fifth-seeded Gicquel, who also reached the quarterfinals at the Zagreb Open in February, will next play No 3 Julien Benneteau of France, who beat Michael Russell of the United States 6-3, 6-3.
Also on Wednesday, Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo defeated Thierry Ascione of France 6-4, 7-6 (4).
The Spaniard will next play Sebastien Grosjean of France, who rallied from a set down and an early break to down No 6 Arnaud Clement 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Clement broke Grosjean in the opening game of the match and in the third game of the second set. But Grosjean broke Clement in the fourth game of the second set and saved two breakpoints in the next game.