Roddick, Davydenko advance
Paris, November 4:
Top-seeded Andy Roddick fired 16 aces in beating Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia 6-1, 6-2 in 50 minutes to reach the Paris Masters quarter-finals on Tlursday.
Also, third-seeded Nikolay Davydenko defeated Russian countryman Dmitry Tursunov 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 with a sore right shoulder, and No 6 Ivan Ljubicic advanced his title hopes and Masters Cup ambition at the expense of No 9 Thomas Johansson, 6-3, 7-6.
Beside Johansson, former world No 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero’s bid to play in a fourth Masters Cup also ended when he lost to unseeded Czech Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-7, 6-4.
Davydenko, still in the running for a Masters Cup berth, twice needed a massage for his shoulder, but said it was weariness rather than a serious injury.
In the quarter-finals, he’ll play eighth-seeded Radek Stepaneo of the Czech Republic, who knocked out the last Frenchman in the draw, Paul-Henri Mathieu, 7-5, 6-4.
Tommy Robredo of Spain downed 18-year-old Novak Djokovic of Serbia-Montenegro 6-4, 6-3 to move into the last eight against Ljubicic, who has a 3-0 record against the Spaniard.
Spain’s David Ferrer beat Germany’s Tommy Haas 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, and set up a match with Roddick.
Two-time defending champion Amelie Mauresmo beat Japan’s Ai Sugiyama 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Advanta Championships quarter-finals. The Frenchwoman, ranked fourth, is preparing for next week’s WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles.
Nadia Petrova, seeded sixth, defeated fellow Russian Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2, 6-2 and will face Martina Sucha in quarter-finals.
Petrova won her first WTA singles title on Sunday in Linz, clinching a spot in Los Angeles. Also advancing to the quarter-finals was Czech Kvete Peschke, who beat Sesil Karatan-tcheva 6-1, 6-0 and will face Elena Dementieva.