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Malisse, Baghdatis through to Legg Mason semi's

08-07-2010 11:01 BJT

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Tennis now, and Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych was looking to keep his solid season going as he took on unseeded Xavier Malisse in the Legg Mason Tennis Classic quarter-finals on Friday.

The top seed Berdych began poorly and failed to find his range with his usually devastating serve and forehand.

The unseeded Belgian Malisse broke Berdych in two of his first three service games, and went on to take the first set 6-4.

The next set was much more even, before Malisse double-faulted on break point to fall behind 5-3 and Berdych served out to level the match.

But World number 62 Malisse resumed his strong play in the third - breaking to 3-1 before claiming a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win with another break.

The 2002 Wimbledon semi-finalist would then wait to see who he would play in the semi-finals as Marcos Baghdatis met Fernando Verdasco.

The Cypriot eighth seed closed out a tight first set by taking it 7-3 in the tie-break.

The second set was evenly contested until the ninth game, when the 2006 Australian Open finalist broke the Spanish third seed and then held his own in the next game to complete a 7-6, 6-4 victory.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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