Dubai Tennis Championships
Quarter Finals - Dubai (United Arab Emirates) - Hard (outdoors)
Men's singles (Seeds - Finals - Top Half - Bottom Half)
Men's doubles (Seeds - Draw)
- World No. 10 Jefferson Drake has picked up what is undoubtedly the biggest win of his career; ousting World No. 1 and defending champion Jason Hall in three sets. In his first tournament since clinching the Australian Open, Hall had looked scratchy in his first two rounds but came out in scintilating form early as he blazed to a 4-0 lead. Whilst Drake finally managed to get on the board with some comfortable holds of serve, there was nothing to suggest he'd trouble the world's best player who took the first 6-2. But Drake started to fire, and aggressively dealt with some ordinary second serves from the World No. 1. That earned him a double break and sent the match to a deciding third and final set. There, Drake was in trouble early at 15-40 in his opening service game, but gave himself ever chance by levelling it at 2-2. The set look destined for a tiebreaker, but at 4-4 Hall was rocked by a rare misfire on his forehand side to hand Drake the break. The East CWLander made no mistake on serve; clinching a remarkable 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 upset.
- It will be an all-East CWLand showdown in the semi finals after Randy Smeltz continued his rampant run through the draw with a third straight straight sets victory, this time over season I semi finalist Danijel Micic. The World No 15, who last week captured the title in Buenos Aires, has looked utterly unstoppable this week and trounced the in form Micic 6-4, 6-2. Admittedly, Micic threw away a lot of point through poor decision making, but that was in part by the determination of Smeltz to keep the points alive en route to a straight sets victory and a dynamite semi final.
- In the second semi final, Wimbledon champion Darcy Cowan will do battle with seventh seed Miroslav Brdar in a battle of the young stars. Cowan overcame a strong start from Javier Villaneuva to win 7-5, 6-2, whilst Brdar got his revenge over his Marseille final capitulation by stunning second seed Radek Špidlá 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 in a fantastic come-from-behind performance.
- Seeded players out: Jason Hall; Radek Špidlá.
- In the doubles, reigning CW and Australian Open champions Heath Davis & Jojo Mustard have been ousted in the semi finals by Sandro Bachunelli & Hicham Hadir. The fourth seeds started strongly with a pair of breaks in the fourth and sixth games, and despite dropping a late service game held on to take the first set 6-3. The World No. 2 team, however, struck back strongly in the second and ensured the match would go to a third; Davis putting away a backhand smash from over his head to secure the set following a long rally at the net. But as has so often been the case, the CWLanders didn't bring their A-game in the match tiebreaker and were blown away by the Italian-Moroccan pair who booked a finals showdown with Gai Kai & Lu Xun 6-3, 4-6, [10-5].
- Seeded players out: Heath Davis & Jojo Mustard.