Yuki Bhambri falls as top seeds advance in Chennai Open

Updated: 06 January 2012 10:05 IST

Top seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia and number two Nicolas Almagro of Spain eased into the quarter-finals of the $450,000 ATP Chennai Open on Thursday.

Yuki Bhambri falls as top seeds advance in Chennai Open

Chennai:

Top seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia and number two Nicolas Almagro of Spain eased into the quarter-finals of the $450,000 ATP Chennai Open on Thursday.

World number nine Tipsarevic outplayed Indian wildcard Yuki Bhambri 6-1, 6-3 in an hour on the centre court of the Nungambakkam tennis stadium.

The 10th-ranked Almagro had an even easier passage into the last eight after Steve Darcis of Belgium withdrew from the second round match with a shoulder injury.

Tipsarevic, a semi-finalist in the last two editions in Chennai, played with the kind of authority that helped the Serb break into the top 10 for the first time last year.

He handed the 19-year-old Bhambri a tennis lesson with three breaks in the opening set and one more in the second to easily wrap up the match.

"It was good start to the season, hope I can continue like that," said Tipsarevic, who received a bye in the first round.

"I am not looking too far ahead, just want to take it one match at a time."

Tipsarevic plays Belgian wildcard David Goffin in Friday's quarter-final.

The 21-year-old Goffin, who upset seventh-seed compatriot Xavier Malisse in the first round, came from behind to knock out Andreas Beck of Germany 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

"I am happy and confident of playing in the quarter-finals," said Goffin. "I have nothing to lose. I will just go out there and enjoy myself."

Almagro, who got a first-round bye, said he was disappointed at having to wait one more day for his first singles match of the season.

"I am happy to make the quarter-finals, but I would have preferred to get there by playing a match," the Spaniard said after learning of Darcis' injury.

"I am more comfortable on clay, so I was very keen to play on hard courts. That's why I came to Chennai for the first time.

"I have had good practice for the past few days but there is nothing like playing a match. Hopefully I will have a good quarter-final."

Almagro, who faces a possible semi-final against big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, will take on qualifier Yuichi Sugita of Japan in the quarter-final.

Sugita, a winner over eighth seed Olivier Rochus of Belgium in the first round, needed a fifth match point to defeat Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in two hours and 21 minutes.

In other quarter-finals, defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka plays Go Soeda of Japan and Raonic meets Israeli Dudi Sela.

Topics : Tennis Yuki Bhambri Divij Sharan Vijay Amritraj Rafael Nadal Xavier Malisse Vishnu Vardhan Janko Tipsarevic
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