Baghdatis beats Pouille in Montpellier

Veteran Marcos Baghdatis is into the quarter finals of the Open Sud de France

Veteran Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus has beaten French top seed Lucas Pouille 7-6 (2) 6-7 (3) 6-4 to reach the Open Sud de France quarterfinals.

Baghdatis, a 2006 Australian Open finalist, served for the match at 5-3 in the second set.

However Pouille, who lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Novak Djokovic at this year's Australian Open, fought back to take it into a third.

Baghdatis, 33, next faces Romanian Radu Albot, who laboured into the last eight by beating Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 7-6 (5) 4-6 6-4.

Third-seed Canadian Denis Shapovalov earlier used his strong serve to beat Marcel Granollers 6-4 7-6 (1).

The 19-year-old wild-card did not face break point and won 30 of 33 first-serve points against the Spanish veteran.

Shapovalov was one of only two players to take a set from Djokovic at last month's Australian Open but is yet to win a career title on the ATP Tour.

He next faces seventh-seeded Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who rallied to a 4-6 6-4 6-2 win over Ilya Ivashka of Belarus.