Dudi Sela advanced to his first ATP Tour quarterfinal in more than 18 months on
Wednesday, benefiting from Michael Youzhny’s sudden injury retirement in the
second round of the Chennai Open in India.
Sela, ranked No. 73 in the
world, was leading Youzhny 3-1 and 30-0 when his world No. 15 opponent rushed
off the court due to a stomach virus after just 24 minutes.
will face Edouard Roger-Vasselin (52) in the last eight after the Frenchman beat
Jiri Vesely 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday.
Sela will be playing in his first ATP
Tour quarterfinal since reaching the last eight in Newport, Rhode Island, in
He will be aiming to progress to his first semifinal since he
made the last four in Delray Beach, Florida, in February 2012.
Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich began 2014 with a defeat on Wednesday, falling 6-4, 6-3
to Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich in the first round of the doubles
tournament in Chennai.
Elsewhere Wednesday, Wimbledon champion Andy
Murray lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to German Florian Mayer in the Qatar Open second
round, his second competitive match since returning from a back
The third-seeded Briton, who beat Mousa Zayed 6-0, 6-0 in the
first round, led 3-0 in the second set before Mayer won five games in a row and
the world number 40 dominated the decider in Doha to seal victory in just under
Murray, the world number four, will head to Melbourne for this
month’s Australian Open having played only two exhibitions and two ATP Tour
matches since undergoing back surgery in September.
refreshed Roger Federer’s clinical demolition of Jarkko Nieminen in his first
match of 2014 suggested he could be a factor in the first major of the
His debut appearance at the Brisbane International was rapturously
greeted by tournament organizers and fans alike, but following his first year
without a Grand Slam final appearance since 2002 it was not certain what stage
of decline the Swiss ace was in.
A 6-4, 6-2 victory over his tough
Finnish opponent hinted that he was ready to put on a competitive showing at
Melbourne Park, now relieved of the back problems that dogged his 2013 campaign
and contributed to his second and fourth-round exits at Wimbledon and the US
“I’m actually very clear in my mind,” Federer told
“Now it’s just down to forehands and backhands and tactics and
movement. That’s kind of what you want it to be, because unfortunately it hasn’t
always been that way last year with my issues.”
Reuters contributed to
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