Tennis: Sela aims to make history

Tennis player looking to advance to a fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career.

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June 25, 2009 23:41
Tennis: Sela aims to make history

Dudi Sela 248.88. (photo credit: AP)

 
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Dudi Sela will be looking to advance to a fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career on Friday when he faces world number 15 Tommy Robredo in the third round of Wimbledon. Sela, who will become the first Israeli man to play in the third round at the All England Club since Amos Mansdorf did so in 1994, has a 2-0 head-to-head record against Robredo, who has failed to progress past the third round at Wimbledon on eight attempts. The 24-year-old Israeli and the Spaniard met twice last year, with Sela winning in straight sets at the Masters Series event at Miami and in the quarterfinals of the Beijing tournament. However, Robredo will still be the favorite on Friday in the game expected to star at around 6 p.m., having won already two tournaments this year and reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open less than a month ago. On Thursday, Sela and partner Stefan Koubek were knocked out of thedoubles tournament, losing 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (3) to Arnaud Clement and Marc Gicquel.

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