07-06-2010, 10:28 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2004
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BMW Tennis Championship
Second Round - Sunrise, FL (United States) - Hard (outdoors)
Men's singles (Seeds
- Finals - Top Half
- Bottom Half
Men's doubles (Seeds - Draw
- A brave Matt Bre has not been able to avoid a second round exit in Florida as top seed Dwayne Murdoch picked up an expected victory in three sets. Bre was a distinct $4 outsider to beat Murdoch, and even that looked generous as he only managed to put one game on the board in the first set. But Murdoch, who was sensationally dumped out by qualifier Henrikk Henrikkson in his first match at Indian Wells, again looked troubled in the second set as he was broken twice by Bre who began to attack his with his forehand more aggressively. But after sending the match to a third, Bre got nervous and was broken from 40-15 to hand Murdoch a 4-1 lead. That was enough to help him coast into the quarters with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win.
- He will play another East CWLander in Mat Mitchell after the wildcard picked up another victory over top fifty opposition with a 7-6(5), 6-4 win over 37-year old Frenchman Jean-Alain Depuis. The World No. 47, who returned from injury here at Sunrise, showed his amazing fitness for a man of his vintage but could not quite shake off the rust in a straight sets defeat. Mitchell, meanwhile, looks confident following his upset of Tal Cohen at Indian Wells but perhaps will find Murdoch a step too high in the quarter finals here at the Super Challenger in Sunrise.
- The biggest shock of Wednesday came on Court No. 1 as third seed Heath Davis was bundled out in three sets by rapidly improving Czech player Petr Brožik. Davis didn't produce his best tennis in the first round, but was expected to account for Brožik. He wasn't prepared, though, for a first set blitz from Brožik who broke three times to take the set 6-1. Davis' serve was languishing around the 38 per cent mark and it needed to lift in the second. Whilst he couldn't get it over fifty, he made it count by holding all of his service games and stealing a break in the final game of the set. Davis needed to start getting first serves in as Brožik took a different approach in attacking the second serve relentlessly. That began to worry Davis who fired down six third set double faults as Brožik stood just behind the baseline. Brožik, meanwhile, grew in confidence and surged to victory with a hold to love 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. Davis, who withdrew from the doubles in Indian Wells for some singles practice, will be left annoyed at his serving display that nudged 44 per cent during the match.
- The other CWLander in action was Scotland Rivers who was a red-hot favourite following his first round thrashing of Ivan Češljar of Croatia. Turkey's Aksu Emrem, however, has also been in fine form and picked up a hard-fought win over Copenhagen champions Kasper Buur in the first round. Rivers, the seventh seed, was wake up call against the unseeded Turk who played solid and unfashionable tennis to take the first set 6-2 as Rivers lacked real focus when he needed it. He lifted slightly in the second set, but still was not producing the quality he's capable of as Aksu surged to a deserved 6-2, 7-5 upset against a lazy West CWLander.
- Seeded players out: Heath Davis; Jean-Alain Depuis; Scotland Rivers.
- Two makeshift CWLand teams were in action in the doubles tournament, and leading the round were Heath Davis & Scotland Rivers who atoned for their singles defeats the day before by punishing Hau Li-an & Sheng Yiming in straight sets. The wildcard Asian pairing failed to win a game all match as Davis and Rivers were clinical in their 6-0, 6-0 thrashing that was finished in just forty-six minutes. The Chinese-Taiwanese pair made it to 30 on the Davis/Rivers serve just once and were caught woefully short in defeat.
- It will be a battle of East vs. West in the quarter finals as Matt Bre & Martti Korpinen picked up a three-set win over fourth seeds Vladimir Gryzlov & Sergiy Malachenko. With his usual partner Jefferson Drake still competing in the singles in Indian Wells, Korpinen was in the rare position of being unseeded and with a new partner. The Russian duo fought from a set down and went into the match tiebreaker on the back of some convincing form after taking the second set 6-2. But the Easterners pulled away from 3-3 to convert their second match point; advancing to an All-CWLand showdown 6-3, 2-6, [10-5].
- Seeded players out: Vladimir Gryzlov & Sergiy Malachenko.