Davydenko Downs Ferrero; Americans Blake, Fish Progress
by ATP Staff|
Second seed and former champion Nikolay Davydenko will meet sixth seed Mardy Fish for the third time on Friday in the Estoril Open quarter-finals. The pair has never met on a clay-court.
Russian Davydenko, the 2003 titlist (d. Calleri) and runner-up in 2006 (l. to Nalbandian) and 2008 (l. to Federer), knocked out former World No. 1 and 2001 winner (d. Mantilla) Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 7-5, 6-2 on Central Court.
Davydenko, who has a 15-5 record at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tennis tournament, reached the Barcelona semi-finals (l. to Nadal) two weeks ago. He is competing at his sixth ATP World Tour tournament this year. He suffered a left heel injury at Chennai in January, which kept him from competing for two months.
American Fish battled to a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Ivan Navarro and a third career win over the Spaniard. Fish, 27, won his second clay-court match of the year for a place in the quarter-finals. The Florida resident clinched his third ATP World Tour title at Delray Beach (d. Korolev) and finished runner-up at San Jose (l. to Stepanek) earlier this year. He has a 14-9 record.
World No. 69 Hernandez beat his Spanish compatriot and third seed David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 39 minutes. Hernandez also reached the Buenos Aires quarter-finals (l. to Acasuso) in February.
Ferrer, currently No. 14 in the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings, dropped to 1-3 lifetime in Estoril. The 27 year old also fell to 24-11 on the 2009 ATP World Tour season highlighted by two runner-up finishes in Dubai (l. to Djokovic) and Barcelona (l. to Nadal).
Capdeville booked his place in a second ATP World Tour quarter-final of the year (also Vina del Mar), after beating Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in one of the first completed matches of the day. Capdeville has an even 5-5 record this year.
American James Blake (pictured) recorded his first clay-court win of the 2009 ATP World Tour season, earning a confidence-boosting 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Portugal’s highest-ever ranked player Frederico Gil on his Estoril Open debut Wednesday. The 29 year old had previously lost first round matches this season at clay-court tournaments in Houston (l. to Canas) and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l. to Crivoi).
Blake, who improved to 10-8 on the year, will next meet France’s Marc Gicquel in the second round. Gil, 24, a two-time ATP World Tour semi-finalist at Johannesburg (l. to Tsonga) and Costa do Sauipe (l. to Bellucci) in recent months, dropped to a 12-7 mark.
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