ROME (AP) -- Seventh-seeded Tommy Haas and 14th-seeded Jiri Novak won in straight sets Thursday to advance to quarterfinals of the Italian Open.
Hass beat 10th-seeded Sebastien Grosjean 6-3, 6-4, snapping a five-match losing streak against the Frenchman.
"It's good to finally have beaten him," Haas said. "But he looked like he was a little injured in the hip today and he made a few more errors than usual."
Haas broke Grosjean's serve twice in the opening set and hit an overhead passing shot from behind the baseline for a break to take a 5-4 lead in the second set.
The 24-year-old Haas improved to 20-9 this year.
Novak rallied from 1-4 in the opening set to defeat Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 6-1.
Three Americans made it to the third round for the first time since 1995.
Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and James Blake were scheduled to play later Thursday.
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