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Top seeds Joao Sousa, Malek Jaziri fall in Brazil Open

2019 ASB Classic

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 07: Joao Sousa of Portugal plays a backhand during the first round match against Denis Shapovalov of Canada during the ASB Classic at the ASB Tennis Centre on January 07, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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SAO PAULO -- Top-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal and second-seeded Malek Jaziri of Tunisia dropped out of the Brazil Open on Thursday.

Norway’s Casper Ruud beat Sousa 6-3, 6-4, and Serbia’s Laslo Djere outlasted Jaziri 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2) in the quarterfinals of the clay-court tournament.

In the semifinals, Ruud will face Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien, and Djere will play Canadian teen Felix Auger-Aliassime. Dellien beat seventh-seeded Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina 6-4, 7-6 (3), and the 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime topped Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5).