Safin, Ljubicic, Blake Lead Winners at Bangkok

Posted on September 29, 2006

The seeds all advanced in Bangkok on Thursday, with top seed Ivan Ljubicic improving his match record for the season to 53-16 with a hard-fought 7-6(6), 7-5 win over the man who retired Andre Agassi, Benjamin Becker, in second-round play.

The third-ranked Ljubicic will next face No. 7 seed Robby Ginepri, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Thailand's Danie Udomchoke.

No. 3 seed James Blake had little trouble dismantling Benjamin Ballerey 6-3, 6-2. For the effort, Blake gets a date Friday with the speedy Fin Jarkko Nieminen who edged Canadian Frank Dancevic 2-6, 7-5(3), 6-4.

Following a big win Wednesday over countryman Andy Murray, Tim Henman beat another Brit, 22-year-old Alex Bogdanovic 6-3, 5-7, 6-1. Henman broke Bogdanovic's serve five times from 14 opportunities and won 41 of 55 points on first serve.

The 32-year-old Henman will play No. 8 seed Paradorn Srichaphan who thrilled the locals with 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Swedish qualifier Michael Ryderstedt.

Former world No. 1 Marat Safin remains in the mix after a 7-6(5), 6-7(3) 6-2 victory over Julien Benneteau to set up a meeting with Mischa Zverev. The qualifier Zverez took out Rainer Schuettler 7-6(7), 7-5.