2009 Thursday results
2009 AEGON International | 18 June
Frank Dancevic defeated
Leonardo Mayer || 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5
Fabrice Santoro d. Ivan Ljubicic || 3-6, 4-2, retired
Dimitry Tursunov d. Dennis Istomin || 7-6(6), 6-4
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez d. Janko Tipsarevic || 6-4 3-6 6-3
2009 Thursday news
International | 18
Frank Dancevic is one of two Canadian representatives to make the semi-finals at the AEGON International, and will appear on Centre Court on Friday after compatriot Aleksandra Wozniak takes on Caroline Wozniaki in the women's draw
Wozniak said: “It’s exciting to have a man and a woman from Canada in the semi-finals of Eastbourne.”
Qualifier Dancevic defeated Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-7(4) 6-4 7-5 to make it five matches unbeaten, making a mockery of his world ranking of no126.
admitted: "It was a very difficult match and I was lucky to hang in
there, but I'm on a pretty good roll. I came into this tournament
wanting to get some matches before Wimbledon and I’m on a pretty good
roll. Grass is definitely one of my favourite surfaces to play on and
when I play on grass I feel at home."
Dancevic faces French veteran Fabrice Santoro in Friday's semi-final, who is playing in his last full season on the ATP Tour and was fortunate to make the final four at the expense of long-term pal Ivan Ljubicic.
(pictured) raced into a 6-3 first set lead but was trailing 2-4 in the next set
when he had a freak accident trying to avoid hitting the net. The
Croatian giant looked impressive until he went down in agony with an
ankle injury and was forced to withdraw from the tournament.
"He was playing good tennis, leading and serving well, so it's a sad way for me to reach the semis. It's a very sad way to win a tennis match, especially when your opponent is a good friend,” admitted Santoro. "Frank is very good player, I will have to play my best to reach the final.“
The other semi-final pitches no2 seed Dimitry Tursunov against no4 seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, the fourth match scheduled to be played on Centre Court.
Tursunov triumphed 7-6(6) 6-4 over Dennis Istomin and had the Uzbekistani on the rack the 90 minute contest. And Tursunov was emphatic on his serve, winning 85 per cent of the points when he got his first serve in. The Russian smiled: “I’ve really enjoyed playing here and feel like I’m really finding my way on grass now."
Garcia-Lopez was formidable against hard-hitting grass court expert Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia to pull off a thrilling 6-4 3-6 6-3 success.
The Spaniard said: “I’ll be concentrating on my game and playing my best tennis, preparing the same as all the other matches here. I’ve been enjoying my time in Eastbourne by having fun with my tennis, with the fans and with my coach.”