Baghdatis claims another upset victory

Jan. 14, 2010 at 8:43 AM
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SYDNEY, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Marcos Baghdatis Thursday posted his second consecutive upset and earned a semifinals slot at the Medibank International tournament in Sydney.

Baghdatis, from Cyprus, followed a second-round win over sixth-seeded Viktor Troicki with a come-from-behind 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over No. 4-seeded Australian Lleyton Hewitt. Hewitt was the only seeded player to reach the tournament quarterfinals.

Baghdatis played a solid match, getting into only two break-point situations -- losing both -- in the two-hour match. Hewitt suffered four service breaks, including three in the second set when Baghdatis established control.

In other quarterfinals Thursday, Frenchman Richard Gasquet stopped Italian Potito Starace 6-3, 7-6 (9-7); France's Julien Benneteau defeated Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-0; and American Mardy Fish was a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 winner over Australian Peter Luczak.

Fish will play Baghdatis in Friday's semifinals. Baghdatis is 2-0 against Fish, including a 7-5, 7-5 win last week. Benneteau and Gasquet, the other semifinal pairing, have met once before with Gasquet winning 6-1, 6-4 in the 2007 Australian Open.

Saturday's title match will be worth $67,260 to the champion.

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