Ancic Stops Philippoussis at Scottsdale

Posted on February 24, 2005

No. 3 seed Mario "Baby Goran" Ancic stopped unseeded Mark Philippoussis' win streak at one on Wednesday, dismissing the big-serving Aussie 6-1, 7-6(3) in second-round play at the ATP stop in Scottsdale.

Philippoussis' first-round win earlier in the week was his first victory since 2004 Wimbledon.

Not so lucky were seeds (6) Irakli "Freak Show" Labadze, rolled 2-and-2 by Ecuador's Giovanni "Little L." Lapentti, and (8) Lars Burgsmuller, defeated 4-and-4 by American Glenn "I.C." Weiner.

"I'm really happy to be in my first ATP quarterfinal and I was a little nervous at the beginning but I played well and sticked (sic) to my game plan," said the younger Lapentti brother. "I knew he wouldn't be too consistent from the baseline and I just made him move around."

Winning the only first-round match of the day was Belgium Christopher "The Roach" Rochus (d. Jeff "Baby Krajicek" Morrison in three), while Aussie serving machine Wayne Arthurs (d. Gimelstob 7-6 in the third) moved into the quarters.

"It's nice to win another close one and I would have been disappointed if I lost because I didn't face a break point on my serve in the entire match," said Arthurs, who threw 18 aces at Dent. "I served well in the tiebreak and there's always a little luck involved in a third set tiebreak."

In first-round doubles play the top three seeds advanced in Americans (1) Bryan/Bryan (d. countrymen Gambill/Gimelstob), Aussies (2) Arthurs/Hanley (d. Kim/Morrison in three), and the Swiss/German combo of (3) Allegro/Kohlmann (d. Blake/Blake in three).

Scheduled for Thursday on the hardcourts are The Roach vs. (5) K.Kim, (LL) Goldstein vs. Sanguinetti, Tipsarevic vs. the injured and flu-ridden (2) Spadea, and Blake vs. Salzenstein in the all-American nightcap.