Blake bounced from Paris Masters

Nov. 2, 2006 at 5:24 PM
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PARIS, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Seventh-seeded James Blake was upset in straight sets Thursday in third-round play of the $2.65 million Paris Masters tennis tournament.

Blake, from the United States, was ousted in 59 minutes by 10th-seeded German Tommy Haas, who posted a 6-4, 6-2 victory.

The loss hurt Blake's chances of making the field of eight for the upcoming Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, but sixth-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo sewed up a spot in that tournament with a 6-5, 7-6 (7-1) victory over France's Paul-Henry Mathieu.

Russia Nikolay Davydenko, the fourth seed, also won Thursday, knocking off No. 15 Russian Dmitry Tursunov, 6-2, 6-2.

No. 9 Mario Ancic, from Croatia, swept past France's Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-1, while eighth-seeded and defending Paris Masters champion Tomas Berdych eliminated American Robby Ginepri, 6-3, 6-3.

Also, 14th-seeded Finn Jarkko Nieminen overcame Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2; 17th-seeded Slovak Dominik Hrbaty beat 13th-seeded Brit Andy Murray, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0 and unseeded Russian Marat Safin advanced via walkover when 16th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet decided against playing due to a right thigh injury.

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