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Santoro Builds On Perfect Newport Record; Spadea Wins

Newport, R.I., U.S.A.

Fabrice SantoroMike BazFabrice Santoro In Action

Defending champion Fabrice Santoro advanced to the quarterfinals of the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport with a 7-6(4), 6-2 win over Pakistan's Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi in Newport on Thursday. Santoro, who received a bye in the first round, had not reached a quarterfinal since reaching the Sydney semifinals in the second week of the season.

The Frenchman boasts a perfect 6-0 record in Newport, having won the title on debut last year. The veteran, who is playing his final year on the ATP Tour, is hoping to notch his 450th career victory this week, which he would achieve should he make it to the final.

Wild card Prakash Amritraj became the first Indian to reach an ATP semifinal since Leander Paes (Newport in 1998) when he defeated countryman Rohan Bopanna 6-4, 6-3 without facing a break point. Amritraj next meets seventh-seeded Canadian Frank Dancevic, who saved six of six break points faced in a 7-5, 6-3 win over Russian Igor Kunitsyn.

American veteran Vince Spadea reached the Newport quarterfinals for the second consecutive year by defeating third seed Nicolas Mahut 6-2, 6-3. Spadea, a Newport finalist in 2005 (l. Rusedski) clinched just his ninth match win of the year to book a meeting with Austrian qualifier Alexander Peya.

Spadea, who turns 34 this month, will attempt to reach his first semifinal of the year. He saved the lone break point he faced against Mahut and dropped just five points on his first serve.

Mahut last year reached grass court finals at London/Queen's and Newport, but this year he managed just three match wins in four tournaments.

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