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Marcos advanced to the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International for the third year in a row on Wednesday as he upset sixth-seeded German Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-2 in 71 minutes. Marcos fired 15 aces and broke serve four times as he recorded his second win in two meetings with Mayer.
“I’m playing great tennis,” said Marcos. “I’m finding the form that I finished with at the end of last year; it's a good feeling.
“I’m focused on my game, how to play my aggressive game,” continued Marcos. “I’ve improved my footwork on court a lot since September and I’m being more aggressive with my forehand. I’m making more winners and guys are feeling the pressure.”
Marcos returns to doubles action on Thursday, partnering Jarkko Nieminen in the quarter-finals against Colombians Alejandro Falla and Santiago Giraldo. He will then contest the singles quarter-finals on Friday against third seed Gilles Simon. Marcos has played Simon four times before (2-2 record), most recently falling to the Frenchman in his last match of the 2012 ATP World Tour season at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.
“He's a very good player,” said Marcos. “He makes you rally a lot, makes you work for every point. I just need to concentrate on what I have to do and try to do that. From now on, I'll think about my game and not focus on opponents because with my game I know I can beat anyone.”
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