Roddick, Haas and Murray advance

Top-seeded Andy Roddick moved into the quarterfinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships with a 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (11/9), 7-6 (7/2) victory over Australian Wayne Arthurs on Wednesday.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 14:00 IST

Top-seeded Andy Roddick moved into the quarterfinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships with a 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (11/9), 7-6 (7/2) victory over Australian Wayne Arthurs on Wednesday.

Arthurs, who finished with 33 aces, had a match point in the second-set tiebreaker, but was unable to convert. Roddick, who needed three sets to get past fellow American Mardy Fish in the opening round, said he knew he was in for a difficult week when he saw the draw.

"I didn't think anyone could serve better than Mardy, but he did," Roddick said of Arthurs. "I never felt I had a chance on his serve. I was lucky to get through."

Roddick broke Arthurs only once, and served 20 aces to Arthurs' 33.

"It was one of the best matches I've played all year," Arthurs said. "I had great rhythm on my serve and I felt I was picking his serves pretty well."

It was also Arthurs' last match for three months. He said he was taking time off because his partner Caroline was expecting their first baby in a month, in Melbourne.

Meanwhile, Scottish teenager Andy Murray continued where he left off last week by overcoming Germany's Rainer Schuettler 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the first round. Murray won his first career title in California last weekend, beating Lleyton Hewitt and Roddick, but he was two points from losing to Schuettler.

The German served for the match at 5-4 in the second set and reached 30-15, but Murray broke on his second break point, then won Schuettler's service game again for the set. Murray easily claimed the last set.

Second-seeded Nicolas Kiefer, the 2004 runner-up, withdrew with sinusitis, and was replaced in the main draw by South African Rik de Voest, who took advantage of his fortune by defeating Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman 6-4, 6-3.

Sixth-seeded Tommy Haas advanced to the second round when American Justin Gimelstob retired with a back injury while trailing 2-1. Americans Vince Spadea and Paul Goldstein also won.

In women's play, third-seeded Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden ousted two-time champion Lisa Raymond of the United States 6-4, 6-4 in the second round.

Raymond won the Memphis title in 2002 and 2003, and was runner-up in 2004.

Arvidsson reached her first quarterfinal this year, and will play 15-year-old wild card Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. Fourth-seeded Laura Granville of the United States and No 6 Marta Domachowska of Poland advanced in straight sets to set up their quarterfinal match, while No. 7 Amy Frazier lost the first set 6-1 to Russian qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova, then won the next two without losing a game.

No. 8 Jill Craybas defeated China's Yuan Meng 6-4, 6-2 and set up one of two all-American quarterfinals with Lilia Osterloh, a 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 winner over 16-year-old wild card Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. Frazier will meet Shenay Perry in the other.

First Published: Feb 23, 2006 14:00 IST