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Querrey Wins Ram Rematch; Tursunov, Dancevic To Clash

Indianapolis, U.S.A.

Wayne Odesnik© Getty ImagesAmerican Wayne Odesnik advances to his first tour-level quarter-final since April.

Rajeev Ram completed a dream week at Sam Querrey’s expense 11 days ago in the Newport final, but came up short against his fellow American when the two faced off in second-round action Thursday at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships presented by Lilly.

Ram could not overcome Querrey’s strong service performance, and was unable to earn a single break point during the 68-minute match as the No. 3 seed fired 13 aces and won 86 per cent of his first serve points. One break of serve in each set proved enough for Querrey to close out the win at the ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tournament, 7-5, 6-3.

The 37th-ranked Querrey, who has reached two ATP World Tour finals this season, will look to reach the Indianapolis semi-finals for the third straight year when he next faces seventh-seeded Frenchman Marc Gicquel. The 32 year old defeated American qualifier Jesse Levine 6-2, 6-2 to reach his third quarter-final of 2009. Gicquel bowed out at this stage on clay at Casablanca (l. to Andreev) and on hard courts at Rotterdam (l. to Murray).

Russian top seed Dmitry Tursunov set a rematch of the 2007 Indianapolis final with Canadian Frank Dancevic after coming through his second-round match against Brazilian Marcos Daniel, 6-3, 6-3. Daniel had won his rain-delayed opener 6-2, 6-4 against wild card Taylor Dent earlier Thursday as he capitalised all three of his break point opportunities. Dent reached the final in his last Indianapolis appearance four years ago (l. to Ginepri).

Tursunov holds a 3-0 record against Dancevic, with their last two meetings coming in title matches - most recently in June at the grass-court tournament in Eastbourne. The 121st-ranked Dancevic posted a 6-2, 7-5 upset over fifth-seeded German Benjamin Becker to earn his quarter-final spot.

Three other seeds fell in their second-round matches against American players. Israeli No. 2 seed Dudi Sela lost to qualifier Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-4, 7-6(5); fourth-seeded Russian Igor Kunitsyn fell 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 to Wayne Odesnik; and eighth seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan succumbed 6-4, 6-4 to American John Isner.

The 158th-ranked Bogomolov Jr. defeated Arnaud Clement two weeks ago in Newport to win his first match on the ATP World Tour since March 2006. He last won consecutive tour-level matches in 2004 at this tournament, when he reached the third round with wins over Kenneth Carlsen and Robin Soderling (l. to Srichaphan), and reached his only ATP World Tour quarter-final the same year at Newport (l. to Dupuis).

Odesnik advanced to his first ATP World Tour final in April at Houston (l. to Hewitt) but had gone winless in his next three tour-level main draw appearances before snapping the skid in Indianapolis. He next confronts Isner, whom he defeated in the Houston quarter-finals. Isner is making his first tour-level appearance since that tournament, having been sidelined with mononucleosis for the past two months.

Robby Ginepri completed a successful showing for the American contingent Thursday, becoming the sixth player from his country to reach the quarter-finals after defeating Argentine Eduardo Schwank 6-7(1), 6-3, 6-0. Ginepri has a 15-7 record in Indianapolis, and won the title in 2005 (d. Dent)

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