Agassi upset; Roddick, Haas survive
San Jose, February 12:
With an impressive mix of power and finesse, No 7 Jurgen Melzer breezed past second-seeded Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the SAP Open. Melzer’s drop shots left Agassi flat-footed and the Austrian’s two-handed backhand matched his opponent power for power throughout the match. Melzer faces Cyril Saulnier of France, who beat No 4 Vincent Spadea 6-2, 6-4.
Top-seeded Andy Roddick was more fortunate than Agassi, dropping the first set to Denmark’s Thomas Enqvist but recovering to advance with a hard-fought 3-6, 7-6, 7-5 victory.
Roddick will meet third-seeded German Tommy Haas in the other semi-final. Haas beat No 8 Max Mirnyi of Belarus 6-7, 7-6, 6-2.
ATP Buenos Aires:
BUENOS AIRES: Mariano Puerta of Argentina upset top-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain 7-6, 6-3 in the ATP Buenos Aires quarter-finals, blasting the tournament favourite with baseline power.
But second-seeded Gaston Gaudio of Argentina overcame an early scare to down seventh-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain 0-6, 6-0, 6-1 to reach the semi-finals at the $380,000 outdoor clay event.
Puerta lined up an all-Argentine semi-final against Jose Acasuso, who downed Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-3, 6-4. Spaniard Alberto Martin edged compatriot Felix Mantilla 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 to the semis against Gaudio.
Open Gaz de France:
PARIS: Top-seeded Serena Williams withdrew from the Open Gaz de France quarters because of stomach flu while No 2 Amelie Mauresmo advanced. Mauresmo beat eighth-seeded Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria 6-2, 7-6 and will meet in the semi-finals No 4 Nadia Petrova of Russia, a 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 winner over Marion Bartoli of France.
Dinara Safina of Russia, who progressed to her second straight semis here when Williams withdrew, will meet French Tatiana Golovin, who advanced after Silvia Farina Elia of Italy retired with a shoulder injury after losing the first set 6-0.