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Safin advances, Moya ousted in Sweden

July 8, 2008 at 6:34 PM
BASTAD, Sweden, July 8 (UPI) -- Jarkko Nieminen, Robin Soderling and Wimbledon semifinalist Marat Safin won, but fifth-seeded Carlos Moya lost Tuesday at the Swedish Open.

Italian Potito Starace saved a match point in a 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 upset of the former world No. 1 Moya, who won this tournament in 2002.

Nieminen, completed a suspended match from Monday by beating Sergio Roitman 6-4, 6-2, while Soderling beat Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5 and unseeded Safin, playing here for the first time in 10 years, beat Marc Lopez 7-6 (8-6), 7-5.

Also, Jonas Bjorkman defeated Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-1; 2002 Australian Open champ Thomas Johansson beat Filip Prpic 7-6 (7-4), 6-3; Michael Ryderstedt beat fellow Swede Tim Goransson 6-1, 6-2; and Ervin Eleskovic defeated Filippo Volandri 6-4, 6-4.

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