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  • Santoro, Ram and Rochus into semis

    7/11/09 4:22 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Santoro, Ram and Rochus into semis Fabrice Santoro, Rajeev Ram and Olivier Rochus advanced to the semifinals in a jam-packed day of tennis in Newport.

    With second round back-logs to get through due to heavy rains earlier in the week, the quarterfinal matches were finally completed at the end of the day.

    Fabrice Santoro def. Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-4

    Top remaining seed Fabrice Santoro was able to handle the massive serve of countryman Nicolas Mahut to advance to the semifinals in straight sets. Santoro only had to weather 6 aces from Mahut’s racket in the one hour twenty minute match. Mahut’s return of serve failed him. He only earned one break point chance for the match, which he was unable to convert. Santoro was able to secure one break of serve in each set for the victory.

    Rajeev Ram player profile" style="border-bottom: 1px dotted #000">Ram def. Jesse Levine 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(3)

    In the battle of the Americans, No. 181 Rajeev Ram player profile" style="border-bottom: 1px dotted #000">Ram upset No. 129 Jesse Levine in 3 tough sets. Levine managed to take the first set with a late break of serve, but Ram player profile" style="border-bottom: 1px dotted #000">Ram came back firing in the second set. Levine did not earn a single break point and he gave up the only 2 that Ram player profile" style="border-bottom: 1px dotted #000">Ram had against him. The third set was easily the most competitive of the match. There were no breaks of serve; Ram player profile" style="border-bottom: 1px dotted #000">Ram managed to take the win in the tiebreak.

    Olivier Rochus def. Brendan Evans 6-4, 6-4

    Belgian Olivier Rochus took out American Brendan Evans to book the final spot in Saturday’s semfinal. The Belgian weathered 9 aces from Evans, but he was still able to make plenty of inroads on Evans’ serve for the straight set victory. Rochus will take on Rajeev Ram player profile" style="border-bottom: 1px dotted #000">Ram in Saturday’s semifinal.




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