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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