Youzhny advances to U.S. Open quarters

16:51, September 08, 2010      

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Former semifinalist Mikhail Youzhny beat Spain's Tommy Robredo on Tuesday, advancing to the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

Youzhny, the 12th seed, topped former top-10 Spaniard Robredo 7-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. At 2-2 in the fourth set, Youzhny broke Robredo's serve with a return that struck the net and dribbled over. The Russian held his next three service games for the victory.

The Russian prevailed in just over three hours in a mostly-uneventful match. Youzhny tallied four service breaks, compared to only one for the Spanish loser, who captured the third set with his lone break.

Youzhny is confident his run at Flushing Meadows can continue.

"It's the first time in a year that I have already had two quarterfinals in grand slams,"Youzhny said.

"It maybe means I'm starting to play a little bit more consistently. I hope to continue."

Robredo, who was the lowest-ranked man, in 41st, still standing here, won his second and third round matches when his opponents retired. The 28-year-old fell to 0-7 in his fourth-round U.S. Open matches. ' Robredo is one of six Spanish men to reach the fourth round of the U.S. Open, the country's best performance since the 1998 French Open, but only two will head into the quarters.

David Ferrer, the number 10 seed, and Fernando Verdasco, seeded eighth, play each other this afternoon.

Top seed Rafael Nadal, seeking to complete the career Grand Slam with a U.S. Open title, concludes play against 23rd-seeded Feliciano Lopez on Tuesday's night.

The winner of those two matches will then play, guaranteeing Spain a place in the semifinals.

Flushing Meadows spectators were seeing a more subdued celebration where Youzhny placed his racquet on his head and salutes all four corners of the court.

"It's just a salute for the crowd," said Youzhny, a French Open quarter-finalist this year. "A lot of guys kiss their hands and say thanks or put a racquet up and say thanks. I like to do this one."

Youzhny, who will appear in his fourth career Grand Slam quarterfinal, play against Stanislas Wawrinka, who outmatched American Sam Querrey in five-set epic, 7-6 (11-9), 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in more than four hours rally.

The 28-year-old Youzhny reached the U.S. Open final four back in 2006.

Source: Xinhua


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