ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Nicolas Escude of France Friday edged Roger Federer
of Switzerland once more at the $713,000 ABN/AMRO World Tennis
In a rematch of last year's final, Escude rallied past the
seventh-seeded Federer, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8), 7-5, to advance to the
semifinals of his third straight ATP event.
Escude barely beat his Swiss foe in 2001, winning the title in a
final-set tiebreak. On Friday, the 25-year-old trailed 3-5 in
the second-set tiebreak before reeling off three straight points
and holding on to knot the contest.
A finalist at last week's Marseille Open, Escude jumped up to
11th in the 2002 ATP Champions Race with his strong start to the
year. He also reached the semifinals at the Milan Indoor,
falling to eventual champion Davide Sanguinetti.
Escude will meet compatriot Sebastien Grosjean in the
semifinals. Seeded fourth, Grosjean defeated another Frenchman
in the last eight, downing Arnaud Clement, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3.
will contest the other semifinal.
Ljubicic outlasted Swiss qualifier Ivo Heuberger, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3,
and reached to his first semifinal of 2002.
Ljubicic had failed to advance from his only previous
quarterfinal this year. On Jan. 4 at Adelaide, the
22-year-old was forced to retire from his match against Moroccan
Hicham Arazi due to an elbow injury.
Henman, a two-time runner-up here, moved into the semifinals
with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Bohdan Ulihrach of the Czech
The British No. 1 won his ninth career ATP title last month at