Safin into Kremlin Cup quarters

Oct. 12, 2006 at 3:15 PM
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MOSCOW, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Local favorite Marat Safin rallied for a three-set victory Thursday in the second round of the $1 million Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow.

Safin, a Moscow native, lost his first set but was solid in the other two for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Italy's Daniele Bracciali. Safin earned a Friday quarterfinal pairing against Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic, who was a 6-4, 6-4 winner over the Czech Republic's Robin Vik on Thursday.

Sixth-seeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau was upset by Belarusian Max Mirnyi 6-2, 2-6 7-6 (7-2). Mirnyi moves into a quarterfinal match with top-seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko.

The only other seeded play who had a match Thursday was No. 7 Frenchman Fabrice Santoro, who ousted Russian qualifier Konstantin Kravchuk 6-1, 6-1. Other second-round winners were German Philipp Kohlschreiber and Frenchman Arnaud Clement.

The tournament is scheduled to wrap-up Sunday with the titlist winning $142,000.

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