Karlovic aces past No. 2 Blake

first_imgUnseeded Croatian Ivo Karlovic upset second-seeded American James Blake 6-7 (4), 7-6 (11), 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the SAP Open on Thursday in San Jose. Karlovic, who’s ranked 103rd in the world, used 29 aces to beat the sixth-ranked Blake. Top-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain knocked out France’s Nicolas Devilder 6-2, 6-4 in the second round. Ferrero, who is ranked 27th, beat the 104th-rated Devilder, who reached the second round for the first time this year. The 27-year-old Spaniard, with 11 career titles, had four aces and held off a late second-set rally to beat Devilder. Three-time French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten lost to Brazilian colleague Flavio Saretta 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in a rain-delayed match. Saretta will face No. 3 seed Nicholas Almagro of Spain in the quarterfinals. Open 13 Sixth-seeded Richard Gasquet and No. 7 Marcos Baghdatis won second-round matches in straight sets and reached the quarterfinals of the indoor tournament in France. Gasquet of France – the highest remaining seeded player – had four breaks of serve in his 7-6 (2), 6-2 win over countryman Marc Gicquel, while Baghdatis of Cyprus beat Cyril Saulnier of France 6-4, 6-3. Diamond Games Two-time defending champion Amelie Mauresmo beat fellow Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano 7-6 (6), 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals of the Diamond Games in Belgium. The top-seeded Mauresmo, ranked No. 3 on the WTA Tour, struggled against the 85th ranked Razzano. Mauresmo trailed 5-2 in the first-set tiebreaker before prevailing, and was behind 4-1 in the second set before clawing back, claiming victory on her fifth match point. She will play sixth-seeded Russian Dinara Safina on Friday. Also, third-seeded Nadia Petrova beat Vera Zvonareva of Russia 7-6 (2), 6-4. Bangalore Open Defending champion Mara Santangelo rallied to defeat Akgul Amanmuradova 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the second round in India. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Karlovic saved five match points in the second tiebreaker before winning the set on a 13-11 tiebreaker. In the final set, the 6-foot-10 Karlovic used 12 aces to throw Blake off his game. Karlovic next faces fifth-seeded Mardy Fish, who defeated Sam Warburg 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. center_img Blake had Karlovic down 30-love in the second set while leading 5-4, but Karlovic came back to tie the match 5-5 and win it in the tiebreaker. In earlier matches, Hyung-Taik Lee, Benjamin Becker and Vincent Spadea also reached the quarterfinals. Lee beat Simon Greul 6-2, 7-6, Becker downed Bjorn Phau 7-6, 1-6, 6-3 and Spadea outlasted Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 7-5, 7-6. The quarterfinals will feature Spadea, ranked 64th in the world, playing the winner of the match between Sam Querrey and top-seeded Andy Roddick. Lee will face defending champion Andy Murray, and Becker will play the winner of the match between fourth-seeded Marat Safin and Lu Yen-hsun. Brazil Open last_img read more