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.
Rankings
ATP - Mar 02 WTA - Mar 02
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Kei Nishikori4 Petra Kvitova
5 Andy Murray5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Ana Ivanovic
7 Stan Wawrinka7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 David Ferrer8 Agnieszka Radwanska
9 Tomas Berdych9 Ekaterina Makarova
10 Marin Cilic10 Andrea Petkovic
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