• Levine stays hot in Indianapolis, Sela ousts Spadea

    7/22/09 1:24 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Levine stays hot in Indianapolis, Sela ousts Spadea Jesse Levine defeats Danai Udomchoke at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships on Tuesday afternoon. Levine is joined in the second round by Dudi Sela, a straight-set winner over Vince Spadea.

    (Q) Jesse Levine d. Danai Udomchoke 6-1, 7-6(10)

    Levine reached the second round of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships on Tuesday, finishing off Udomchoke in one hour and 22 minutes after a thrilling second-set tiebreaker. The opening frame of play, on the other hand, was far more routine for the American qualifier. Levine won all four of his return games, winning more than half of the points even when Udomchoke put in a first serve and winning 10 of 13 second-serve return points.

    Set two was far more difficult for Levine, who made it to the third round at Wimbledon and defeated Xavier Malisse in the final round of Indianapolis qualifying over the weekend. The two competitors exchanged a pair of breaks each on the way to a tiebreaker, which lasted 22 points. Levine had multiple match points earlier in the decider, but finally got through it to prevent a third set. Next up for the world No. 116 is seventh-seeded Marc Gicquel.

    (2) Dudi Sela d. Vince Spadea 7-5, 6-1

    Sela eased past Spadea on Monday evening, booking his place in the Indianapolis second round after one hour and 15 minutes. Spadea at least managed to be extremely competitive in the first set, however. Both men serve dismally, which resulted in a total of five service breaks. Spadea served at 46 percent and double-faulted five times, Sela put in 45 percent of his first deliveries and suffered a trio of doubles. The No. 2 seed's third break of the proceedings at 5-5 gave him a chance to close out the set on serve, and he did with a rare routine hold.

    Spadea disappeared thereafter as Sela picked up his serve considerably throughout the second frame of play. The 5'7'' Israeli served at 70 percent and saved the only break point he faced. Sela continued to abuse his 35-year-old's opponent serve and his sixth break of the match finished Spadea off in style. Either Flavio Cipolla or qualifier Alex Bogomolov will go up against Sela for a spot in the quarterfinals.

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This Levine kid is gonna be "movin' on up!" And the other guy has the most unfortunate name in pro tennis! lmao

Rafterfan , 7/22/09 1:45 AM

I know what you mean Rafterfan. He got a whole boat full of confidence when he beat Safin, of course, I think the confidence came merely from beating the name. Safin of his two extremes to the fullest extent. However he has improved even since that victory. It proves what confidence can so for you....

...and I presume you mean Dudi. XD He is so cute.

Recordbreaks , 7/22/09 2:09 AM

Rafterfan meant Danai UdomCHOKE

Levine is in solid form. Was also up a set and a break on Wawa in the Wimbledon third round. He should beat Gicquel, who lost 5 games to Gulbis on Monday.

RickyDimon , 7/22/09 2:53 AM

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