Baghdatis, Dimitrov claim Brisbane upsets

Jan. 4, 2013 at 6:43 AM
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BRISBANE, Australia, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Marcos Baghdatis and Grigor Dimitrov posted upsets Friday and advanced to the semifinals of the Brisbane International tennis tournament.

Baghdatis ousted third-seeded Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-4. He won about two-thirds of the points on serve and saved four of the five break chances Simon had. He also finished off half of his six break opportunities.

Dimitrov beat No. 7-seeded Jurgen Melzer in 59 minutes. Dimitrov fired 17 aces at Melzer and won 70 percent of the points when serving. He didn't lose his serve and was 3-of-3 in break-point chances.

Top-seeded defending champion Andy Murray got by Denis Istomin 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) in the longest of the Brisbane quarterfinals. There was just one break in the match -- by Murray in the first set -- and there were no break opportunities for either player in the second.

Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori edged by No. 4-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov, the 2012 Brisbane runner-up, by the same 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) score. Nishikori had a break in each set but advanced by taking the tiebreaker.

Murray and Nishikori draw each other in Saturday's semifinals. Murray is 2-0 against Nishikori. Baghdatis and Dimitrov have split their two career meetings.

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