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  • Indianapolis - Odesnik joins Gicquel in quarterfinals

    7/23/09 11:09 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Indianapolis - Odesnik joins Gicquel in quarterfinals Wayne Odesnik upsets Igor Kunitsyn in the Indianapolis second round on Thursday afternoon. Odesnik is through to the quarterfinals along with Marc Gicquel, a straight-set winner over Jesse Levine.

    Wayne Odesnik d. (4) Igor Kunitsyn 2-6, 6-1, 6-1

    Odesnik surged from behind to upset Kunitsyn in a three-set match that lasted only one hour and 31 minutes on Thursday at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships. The collapse was a shocking one for Kunitsyn, who absolutely dominated the first set, losing only four points in four service games while breaking twice.

    The fourth-seeded Russian completely fell apart--especially on serve--thereafter. Kunitsyn served at a dreadful 24 percent in set two and lost all three of his service games. He improved his serve in the third, but there was no stopping Odesnik after the American's impressive performance during the second frame of play. Odesnik won 14 of 21 return points in the third, added two more breaks, and served out the match at 5-1. The world No. 100 will meet either John Isner or Denis Istomin for a place in the semifinals.

    (7) Marc Gicquel d. (Q) Jesse Levine 6-2, 6-2

    Gicquel had no trouble crushing Levine and reaching the Indianapolis quarterfinals after just one hour and five minutes. The 32-year-old Frenchman broke serve for a 2-0 lead in the first set and it was never competitive thereafter. Gicquel went on to build a 4-0 advantage before easing through the opening frame of play 6-2. Levine won only four of 11 second-serve points in set one and missed all three of his break-point opportunities.

    The 116th-ranked American briefly seemed to get into the match when he broke back early in the second set to even things at 2-2. That, however, only turned out to be a minor hiccup for Gicquel, who did not lose another game the rest of the way. The world No. 82 broke right back for 3-2, broke again for 5-2, and serve out the proceedings in routine fashion. Gicquel finished with eight aces while Levine was doomed by eight double-faults. Next up for Gicquel is most likely Sam Querrey, who led Rajeev Ram 7-5, 3-0 before a rain delay late on Thursday afternoon.



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