Marseille, France, 21 February 2013 |

Bernard Tomic has stepped up his play at the Open 13 in Marseille, dismissing India’s Somdev Devvarman in straight sets to progress to the quarterfinals.

After coming from behind to beat No.8 seed Martin Klizan in the opening round, Tomic was in far greater control on Wednesday, brushing aside his 354th-ranked opponent 6-3 7-5 in one hour and 12 minutes.

The Australian sent down four aces and broke serve five times to set up a quarterfinal showdown against third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the ATP 250 event on indoor hardcourts.

Tsonga, the world No.8, moved into the last eight after a straight-set win over former top five star Nikolay Davydenko of Russia.

Tomic’s run to the quarterfinals in Marseille represents his best run at a tournament outside Australia in five months – the 20-year-old reached the quarters in Bangkok in September 2012.

The win over Devvarman takes his win-loss record in 2013 to an impressive 9-2.