Thursday, January 7, 2010

Henin, Ivanovic To Square Off in Brisbane Semis; Federer, Nadal Advance

Ernests Gulbis put up a valiant effort against Roger Federer in the semifinals of the Qatar Open in Doha, but the Swiss number 1 prevailed to reach the final 4 and set up a blockbuster match with Nikolay Davydenko, who took out Ivo Karlovic in two tiebreaks. Rafael Nadal rolled after his opponent, Steve Darcis, retired while down a set and a break. Nadal will face Viktor Troicki.

In Brisbane, Andy Roddick held off a good fight from Aussie Carsten Ball to join Radek Stepanek, Gael Monfils and Tomas Berdych in the final eight. Justine Henin had to survive 3 sets in order to defeat Melinda Czink, while fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters also had to go the distance to earn a victory. Ana Ivanovic advance in straight sets, and Daniela Hantuchova was easily upset by Andrea Petkovic. Ivanovic and Henin will square off in a much anticipated semifinal match up.

Men's Singles- Quarterfinals

Roger Federer (1) def. Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Rafael Nadal (2) def. Steve Darcis 6-1, 2-0 retired
Nikolay Davydenko (3) def. Ivo Karlovic (7) 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (9-7)
Viktor Troicki (5) def. Lukasz Kubot 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)

Men's Singles- Quarterfinals

Andy Roddick (1) def. Carsten Ball 7-6, 6-3
Radek Stepanek (2) def. Oleksandr Dolgopolov 5-7, 7-6, 6-2
Wayne Odesnik def. Alejandro Falla 6-7 (8-10), 6-2, 6-1
Richard Gasquet def. Matthew Ebden 6-3, 6-4
Thomaz Bellucci def. Harel Levy 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Women's Singles- Quarterfinals

Kim Clijsters (1) def. Lucie Safarova 6-1, 0-6, 6-4
Ana Ivanovic (3) def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
Andrea Petkovic def. Daniela Hantuchova (4) 6-4, 6-2
Justine Henin def. Melinda Czink (7) 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5)

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