Baghdatis, Ancic, Hrbaty Move into Quarters at ATP Beijing
Posted on September 14, 2006
Third-seeded Marcos Baghdatis set up a quarterfinal meeting with Danai Udomchoke at the China Open on Wednesday.
This year's Australian Open finalist, Baghdatis, currently No. 9 in the INDESIT ATP 2006 Race, beat Yeu-Tzuoo Wang 7-6(4), 6-4 for his 33rd win of the season.
Udomchoke advanced to a career first quarterfinal, following Ivo Karlovic's decision to retire with a knee injury while trailing 6-2, 3-1 after 43 minutes of play. A winner of two titles on the Challenger circuit (Chikmagalur, Fergana) this year, Udomchoke holds a 6-9 record.
Fifth-seeded Dominik Hrbaty enjoyed a 6-1, 2-6, 6-0 win over Alexander Peya of Austria, in one hour and 19 minutes, and will now play No. 4 seed Mario Ancic in the last eight.
Ancic defeated Italian Stefano Galvani 6-3, 7-5 to improve his season record to 43-13. At No. 10 in the INDESIT ATP 2006 Race, Ancic is in contention for a place at the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai.
The Croat returned to the ATP circuit, following a series of back and knee injuries that have plagued him since losing to ATP World No. 1 Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
Nikolay Davydenko, playing his 27th ATP-level tournament of the season, battled with breathing difficulties in his opening match against Dane Kenneth Carlsen 6-3, 6-4 in 78 minutes.
This week's ATPtennis.com blog writer improves his season match record to 55-23, which includes three ATP titles in Poertschach, Sopot and New Haven from five finals (runner-up in Estoril and Bastad). Davydenko will play Slovenian qualifier Luka Gregorc in the second round.
-- Courtesy ATPtennis.com