Djere overcomes world number three Ruud to reach Auckland quarters
AUCKLAND - Serbia's Laslo Djere is through to the quarter-finals of the ATP Auckland Open after defeating world number three Casper Ruud of Norway 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) on Wednesday.
Djere won after two hours and seven minutes of play and now has a 2-0 head-to-head record against Ruud.
World number 70 Djere will face Frenchman Constant Lestienne in the quarter-finals.
World number three Ruud, Kvitova cruise at United Cup
World number three Casper Ruud cruised past Thiago Monteiro in straight sets but it was in vain as Norway crashed in their mixed teams United Cup tie against Brazil in Brisbane on Jan. 1.
After the Brazilians won both opening singles rubbers on Dec. 31, Ruud's 6-3, 6-2 victory brought his country back into contention.