Defending champions Štěpánek into quarter-finals in Brisbane

The Czech men’s tennis number one Radek Štěpánek has advanced to the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International, a tournament he won last year. However, the second seed had to survive a tight shave before beating Ukranian qualifier Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr 5-7 7-6 6-2. Tomáš Berdych, meanwhile, beat Marcos Baghdatis of Australia 6-0 6-1. Among the Czech women, Lucie Safarova also reached the quarter- finals, after a 6-3 6-1 win over Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak 6-3 6-1.

Author: Ian Willoughby