• Brown joins Lopez in Johannesburg quarterfinals

    2/3/10 7:40 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Brown joins Lopez in Johannesburg quarterfinals Dustin Brown and Feliciano Lopez earn straight-set victories in the second round of the SA Tennis Open on Wednesday. Rajeev Ram also reaches the quarterfinals with a tight two-set win over Bjorn Phau.

    One day after picking up his first career ATP win at the expense of No. 4 seed Marco Chiudinell, Dustin Brown of Jamaica booked a place in his first-ever ATP quarterfinal by dispatching Laurent Recouderc 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday afternoon in Johannesburg. Brown needed exactly one hour to overwhelm Recouderc, who saw 14 aces blow by him and never got a look at a single break point.

    The world No. 131, ranked two places behind Recouderc, won an impressive 27 of 29 points behind his booming first serve. As a result, one break was easily enough for Brown to dismiss the unseeded Frenchman in straight sets.

    "I'm still a little overwhelmed," Brown explained. "It was a very good match today. I got lucky yesterday against Chiudinelli and I had confidence today. I like the altitude."

    Feliciano Lopez prevailed later in the day against Blaz Kavcic, beating the 22-year-old Slovenian 6-2, 7-6(4) in one hour and 23 minutes. Lopez broke serve in the first and third games of the match en route to a commanding 4-0 lead in the first set, but Kavcic never dropped serve the rest of the way.

    The underdog even held a set point in the second with Lopez serving at 5-6, 30-40, but the third-seeded Spaniard managed to force a tiebreaker. Lopez earned an immediate mini-break for a 1-0 lead and that alone proved to be the difference. Not one more return point was won, and Lopez took care of his final two service points at 5-4 and 6-4 to seal the victory.

    No. 5 seed Rajeev Ram also earned a spot in Johannesburg quarterfinals on Wednesday. The 6'4'' American ousted 5'9'' German Bjorn Phau 7-6(10), 7-6(2) in one hour and 48 minutes. Both players broke serve once in each set on they way to tiebreakers, at which point Phau crumbled. The world No. 128 tossed in three of his seven double-faults in the first-set 'breaker and even though he broke Ram at 4-5 to stay alive in the second, he won just two points in the ensuing tiebreaker.

    Ram struck 14 aces on his way to a quarterfinal clash agaisnt Lopez. Brown, meanwhile, will take on No. 8 seed Stephane Robert, a straight-set winner over South African wild card Izak Van Der Merwe.

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Brown vs Chiudinelli was very dodgy. There was a lot of money backing Brown on Betfair.

Revallgreen , 2/3/10 8:09 PM

thats because Brown's bandwagon is getting bigger and bigger by the second. Obviously.

RickyDimon , 2/3/10 8:13 PM

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