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Matosevic Reaches Sydney QFs

Sydney, Australia

Matosevic© Getty ImagesMarinko Matosevic upset third seed Andreas Seppi in the second round.

Australia’s Marinko Matosevic reached his second straight quarter-final on home soil after knocking out third-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday at the Apia International Sydney

“To do it in Australia feels good,” he said. “And to beat someone like Andreas who is 20 in the world, he's a quality player.”

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The 56th-ranked Matosevic lost to Roger Federer last week in the Brisbane quarter-finals. He next plays Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky, who famously defeated the Swiss last year at Wimbledon. Matosevic and Stakhovsky have met twice in qualifying action. 

“Obviously he can take that to the grave, beating Roger Federer on Centre Court at Wimbledon,” said Matosevic. “That's one of the greatest accomplishments you can have this in this sport.

“I'm feeling confident. I beat him the last time we played. It’s quick here and he likes quick courts, so it probably suits him more than me. Obviously he's playing great. He got in three quallies and won two matches here.”

Stakhovsky defeated sixth-seeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-2 in his second round match.

Fourth seed Dmitry Tursunov, the 2008 Sydney champion, advanced by rallying past Czech Lukas Rosol 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

World No. 49 Denis Istomin reached his third consecutive Sydney quarter-final, recording his first win over seventh seed Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-4 to set up a clash with Tursunov. Cilic had defeated the Uzbekistani in three gruelling sets in the first round of last week’s Brisbane International, but Istomin managed to convert the crucial break points in both sets one week later to even the score against the big-serving Croatian.

In doubles, third seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi reached the semi-finals with a 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 10-3 win over Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot. Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, the No. 4 seeds, prevailed against Carlos Berlocq and Andreas Seppi 7-5, 6-7(2), 10-5. 

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