Gael Monfils defies injury, Gilles Simon to reach Japan quarters

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Second-seeded Gael Monfils overcame an ankle injury to beat Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-4 Thursday and advance to the quarterfinals at the Japan Open.

"My game plan today was that I would go to the net more often but it didn't work out like that, so I had to be at the back a little more," he said.

Also, Gilles Muller of Luxembourg defeated Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-4 to set up a match against Nick Kyrgios, who progressed when Radek Stepanek withdrew because of a back injury.

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