New Delhi -°C
Today in New Delhi, India

Oct 21, 2020-Wednesday
-°C

Humidity
-

Wind
-

Select Country
Select city
ADVERTISEMENT
Home / Sports / Safin and Kiefer move into quarterfinals in LA

Safin and Kiefer move into quarterfinals in LA

Safin gets past the second round of the tournament for the first time in four tries and is on course for a possible semifinal meeting with James Blake.

sports Updated: Jul 19, 2007, 19:50 IST
AP

Marat Safin advanced to the quarterfinals of the ATP Countrywide Classic with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 victory over George Bastl.

Safin, the No 3 seed, got past the second round of the tournament for the first time in four tries and is on course for a possible semifinal meeting with No 2 seed James Blake.

They are the highest seeds remaining following No 1 Fernando Gonzalez's loss to Zack Fleishman on Tuesday.

A former world No 1, the 27-year-old Safin finally took control of the match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA midway through the final set. He got a service break to take a 4-3 lead, then fought off three break points and held serve with a 130 mph ace to go up 5-3.

He got the win when Bastl, of Switzerland, hit a forehand return long.

Safin was joined in the quarterfinals by Nicolas Kiefer, who continued his comeback from wrist surgery with an efficient 6-3, 6-2 win over Igor Kunitsyn. It was just Kiefer's second hardcourt match in more than a year.

In the quarterfinals on Friday, Kiefer will face fellow German Michael Berrer, who advanced with a 6-3, 7-5 win over qualifier Ricardo Mello of Brazil.

Also through to the quarterfinals is Korea's No 1 player, Lee Hyung-taik, the No 7 seed. He beat Wesley Moodie, who retired with a back problem while trailing 6-2, 3-0. Lee had won seven games in a row at that juncture, and had lost just one point in the second set.

ht epaper

Sign In to continue reading