Norman outlasts Hrbaty in three sets

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Two-time champion Magnus Norman rallied from a set down to beat Dominik Hrbaty on Thursday, joining Spaniards Tommy Robredo and Carlos Moya and Russian Nikolay

Norman outlasts Hrbaty in three sets

Bastad: Two-time champion Magnus Norman rallied from a set down to beat Dominik Hrbaty on Thursday, joining Spaniards Tommy Robredo and Carlos Moya and Russian Nikolay Davydenko in the Swedish Open quarterfinals.Norman, a wild-card entry in the Swedish clay-court classic after falling out of the top 100 because of a hip injury, delighted the home fans by winning the featured center court match 2-6, 6-4, 6 2.It was the first time this year that Norman has managed to win two straight matches in the main draw of an ATP tournament. The sellout crowd rewarded him with a standing ovation."There was a time when I doubted that I would be able to come back," he said. "But now I can say that I've done it. I have proved that it's possible to come back after a serious injury".The Swede, who briefly topped the ATP Champions Race two years ago when he won the Italian Open and reached the French Open final, will face Robredo in Friday's quarterfinal.Robredo, the No. 4 seed, was extended to three sets for the second straight match, winning 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 over fellow Spaniard Gorka Fraile, who had to qualify to get into the main draw.Third-seeded Moya, the 1998 French Open champion, advanced to the last eight with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Irakli Labadze of Georgia. Playing in Bastad for the first time, Moya has not dropped a set so far. Next, he'll face Davydenko, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Chile's Fernando Gonzalez.In the other quarterfinals, top-seeded Guillermo Canas takes on fellow Argentine Agustin Calleri and No. 2 Younes El Aynaoui of Morocco meets Spain's Albert Portas. (AP)

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