Hamburg Masters: Rochus beats Chela

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

Belgium's Christophe Rochus upset Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela 3-6 6-0 6-3 and reach his first ATP Tour semi-final at the Hamburg Masters.

Hamburg Masters: Rochus beats Chela

Hamburg:

Belgium's Christophe Rochus came from a set down to upset Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela 3-6 6-0 6-3 and reach his first ATP Tour semi-final at the Hamburg Masters on Friday. Belgian qualifier Christophe Rochus faced another Argentine in the quarter-finals of the Hamburg Masters on Friday after beating French Open champion Gaston Gaudio in the previous round. Juan Ignacio Chela, who came from a set down to beat fifth seed Tim Henman of Great Britain 3-6 6-4 6-2 in the third round, won three games in a row from 3-3 to take the opening set. The Belgian though, turned the match on its head by reeling off six successive games to level the quarter-final by taking the second set 6-0. Rochus won the first two games of the decider to make it eight games in a row and that gave him control. Rochus closed out a 3-6 6-0 6-3 victory with a wrong-footing forehand. French teenager Richard Gasquet, who ended Roger Federer's 25-match winning streak in the quarter-finals of a Masters Series event in Monte Carlo last month, was too strong in the first set for Italian Andreas Seppi, winning 6-1. The 18-year-old from Beziers continued to bludgeon his way past the world number 113 in a display of brute force in the centre court's evening game. Gasquet set up a meeting in the last four with Rochus with a 6-1 6-2 victory. (AP)



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