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Blake reaches Los Angeles semis

July 21, 2007 at 2:02 AM

LOS ANGELES, July 21 (UPI) -- No. 2 seed James Blake defeated Vincent Spadea Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles.

Blake beat Spadea for only the second time in eight tries, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.

Blake will next meet Hyung-Taik Lee, who surprised third-seeded Marat Safin, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. Lee came back from a break down in the third set.

Nicolas Kiefer also advanced with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, win over Michael Berrer. Kiefer's semifinal opponent will be Radek Stepanek, who was a 6-4, 6-2, victor over Zack Fleishman.

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