Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Sampras, Roddick advance in Toronto




The Associated Press

        TORONTO — Pete Sampras beat Wayne Ferreira 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-4 Tuesday night to advance to the second round of the Toronto Masters Series.

        “It's just great to win a match,” said Sampras, who has gone 30 tournaments without a win since winning Wimbledon two years ago. “It's been a struggle this year.”

        Sampras, the No. 13 seed, will play Hyung-taik Lee on Wednesday.

        The former No. 1 player laid down a precise tiebreaking shot to squeak through in the first set, glancing up with a smile after his timely delivery. Sampras finished with 23 aces.

        Andy Roddick, the 12th seed, defeated Dominik Hrbaty 6-2, 6-4. He will take on Nicolas Lapentti, who beat Gaston Gaudio 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2), in the next round.

        Second-seeded Marat Safin is now the favorite to win the $2.95-million tournament since top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt lost Monday.

        Safin, 22, breezed past Juan Ignacio Chela 6-4, 6-3 in his first-round match following a post-Wimbledon rest. Safin was knocked out in the second round at Wimbledon.

        “I needed a break,” said Safin, who vacationed in Moscow. “I was tired of tennis, mentally and physically, and Wimbledon was horrible. I played bad and I had no motivation. So for a few weeks I did not see a racket, I didn't see a ball.

        “I was enjoying myself so much it was difficult to come back to work but I had to do it and now I'm feeling fresh. Anytime you have a break, you come back feeling better. There is a lot of stress playing tennis at this level.”

        In the next round, Safin faces Andrei Pavel, the 2001 Tennis Masters champion. Pavel advanced when three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten was forced to quit in the second set because of a recurring hip injury. Pavel won the first set 7-5.

        Third-seeded Tommy Haas had an easy 6-3, 6-3 win over Frederic Niemeyer and will play Sjeng Schalken in the second round.

        Fifth-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov extended himself for a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2 win over Max Mirnyi. His next opponent will be Younes El Aynaoui, who beat Nicolas Kiefer 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

        Vince Spadea upset No. 6 seed Albert Costa 6-3, 6-1 and will next face Radek Stepanek.

        Sebastien Grosjean of France, the No. 11 seed, battled to a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win over Bohdan Ulihrach to get a second-round date with Jarkko Nieminen, who eliminated Richard Krajicek 7-5, 6-1.

        Daniel Nestor of Toronto, the last remaining Canadian in the singles draw, was eliminated late Tuesday night by Kristian Pless 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

        Temperatures reached the mid-90s during the afternoon matches but it was breezier and less humid inside the open stadium than on Monday.

        Singles, First Round
        Tommy Haas (3), Germany, def. Frederic Niemeyer, Canada, 6-3, 6-3.
        Carlos Moya (16), Spain, def. Julien Boutter, France, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
        Mariano Zabaleta, Brazil, def. Davide Sanguinetti, Italy, 7-6 (6), 6-4.
        Stefan Koubek, Austria, def. Fernando Gonzalez, Chile, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3.
        Marat Safin (2), Russia, def. Juan Ignacio Chela, Argentina, 6-4, 6-3.
        Yevgeny Kafelnikov (5), Russia, def. Max Mirnyi, Belarus, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.
        Jarkko Nieminen, Finland, def. Richard Krajicek, Netherlands, 7-5, 6-1.
        Andrei Pavel, Romania, def. Gustavo Kuerten, Brazil, 7-5, retired.
        Vince Spadea, United States, def. Albert Costa (6), Spain, 6-3, 6-1.
        Sebastien Grosjean (11), France, def. Bohdan Ulihrach, Czech Republic, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
        Younes El Aynaoui, Morocco, def. Nicolas Kiefer, Germany, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
        Nicolas Lapentti, Ecuador, def. Gaston Gaudio, Argentina, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2).
        Juan Carlos Ferrero (8), Spain, def. Thomas Enqvist, Sweden, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 7-5.
        Andy Roddick (12), United States, def. Dominik Hrbaty, Slovakia, 6-2, 6-4.
        Pete Sampras (13), United States, def. Wayne Ferreira, South Africa, 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-4.
        Kristian Pless, Denmark, def. Daniel Nestor, Canada, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
        Doubles, First Round
        Ellis Ferreira, South Africa, and Jeff Tarango, United States, def. Tomas Cibulec and Daniel Vacek, Czech Republic, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-0.
        Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett (4), Zimbabwe, def. David Adams, South Africa, and Gaston Etlis, Argentina, 6-3, 7-6 (4).
        Guillermo Canas, Argentina, and Rainer Schuettler, Germany, def. Brian MacPhie, United States, and Nenad Zimonjic, Yugoslavia, 6-2, 6-4.
        Donald Johnson and Jared Palmer (2), United States, def. Devin Bowen and Jim Thomas, United States, 6-2, 6-4.
        Joshua Eagle and Sandon Stolle (8), Australia, def. Rick Leach, United States, and David Macpherson, Australia, 6-3, 6-4.
        Jiri Novak and Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic, def. Xavier Maliise, Belgium, and Andrei Pavel, Romania, 7-6 (3), 6-3.
        Frank Dancevic and Andrew Nisker, Canada, def. Andrew Florent, Australia, and Chris Haggard, South Africa, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2.

       



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