Top seeds falter at Hall of Fame Championship

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

The top seeds are out of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships has never won the tournament title - and that won't change this year.

Top seeds falter at Hall of Fame Championship

Newport: The top seed at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships has never won the tournament title - and that won't change this year. Seventh-seeded Alexander Popp defeated No 1 Vincent Spadea 6-2 6-2 in the quarterfinals yesterday, extending to 28 years the streak of top-seed futility at the grass court tournament. Popp, who used a steady ground-stroke and rarely attacked the net, will meet fifth-seeded Cyril Saulnier on Saturday in the his first ATP semifinal. Saulnier beat third-seeded Jurgen Melzer 6-1 7-5. In the other quarterfinals, Greg Rusedski beat Jeff Morrison 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 in a matchup of unseeded players. He will meet eight-seeded Antony Dupuis, a 6-4 2-6 6-3 winner over unseeded Alex Bogomolov Jr, in the other semifinal. Popp broke Spadea to go up 3-2 in the first set, and took control of the match with a break in the seventh game of the set. Spadea, who overcame a sore back to advance to the quarterfinals, wasn't sharp yesterday. He, however, wouldn't discuss whether his back gave him any problems. He took an injury timeout during Thursday's second-round victory. "I'm stiff. No comment," he said. "I could go on and on about it. It's my fault for playing or not playing." Before the semifinals, there will be a parade of 51 Hall of Famers, commemorating the Hall's 50th anniversary. Tomorrow, the 2004 class of Steffi Graff, Stefan Edberg and Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney will be enshrined. (AP)
Topics : Tennis
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