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Stakhovsky wins twice at Pilot Pen

Aug. 26, 2010 at 11:39 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Sergiy Stakhovsky won two matches Thursday, one of them over top-seeded Marcos Baghdatis, to reach the semifinals of the Pilot Pen.

Stakhovsky, at No. 9, is the highest seeded player to get to the semifinals of this last tournament prior to the U.S. Open.

Stakhovsky had to complete his third-round match early Thursday and he did so by defeating Tommy Robredo 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. He then bumped off Baghdatis 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4).

His semifinal opponent will be Thiemo De Bakker, who coasted by Evgeny Korolev 6-4, 6-3.

No. 10 seed Viktor Troicki advanced with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Radek Stepanek in the final match of the evening. Denis Istomin set up a semifinal match with Troicki by downing Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8).

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