Calleri ousts top-seed Canas

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Agustin Calleri beat top-seeded Guillermo Canas 6-3, 7-5 on Friday in an all-Argentine quarterfinal at the Swedish Open.

Calleri ousts top-seed Canas
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Bastad: Agustin Calleri beat top-seeded Guillermo Canas 6-3, 7-5 on Friday in an all-Argentine quarterfinal at the Swedish Open. The unseeded Calleri overcame an early break by Canas to improve his match record to 2-0 against Argentina's top clay-court player, who scored a rare 6-0, 6-0 win in his second-round match against Albert Montanes on Wednesday. "It was a very tough start for me because I was nervous," said Calleri, who also beat Canas in straight sets in their first meeting on clay last year. "I got broken early in the first set, but then I relaxed and started playing better. In the second set I got nervous again at 5-3. I started missing some easy forehands. The key for me was to keep my concentration". Calleri, who has not dropped a set in three matches here, will play Carlos Moya of Spain in Saturday's semifinals. Moya, a former French Open champion, advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Nikolay Davydenko of Russia. Fourth-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain also reached the last four, coming from a set down to defeat former two-time champion Magnus Norman of Sweden 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. It was Robredo's third consecutive three-set match in the tournament. Next up for Robredo is No. 2 seed Younes El Aynaoui of Morocco, a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 winner over Spain's Albert Portas. Norman, a wild-card entry in Bastad this year after falling out of the top 100 because of a hip injury, got off to a great start before a sellout centercourt crowd as he raced to a 5-0 lead in the opening set. "He started real well," Robredo said. "I missed a lot of easy balls. In the second set I started playing better and better and finally I was able to play my own game. I think he was getting tired in the third". Norman, who briefly topped the ATP Champions Race two years ago when he won the Italian Open and reached the French Open final, had hip surgery last fall and has struggled on the tour all season. (AP)
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