Sony Ericsson Open: Day 6 round up
Originally published on: 26/02/10 15:50
Day 6 at Crandon Park saw a multitude of seeds in action in both the womens and mens events with some huge upsets continuing to plague the womens draw.
World No.1 Rafael Nadal battled past Frederico Gil 7-5, 6-3 to attain his 23rd victory of the season and is vying for his first ever Sony Ericsson Open title. He will face Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round who rallied past Russian Igor Andreev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
World No.4 Andy Murray, seeded fourth, scuffled from a 0-3 deficit in the first set to overcome his feisty Chilean opponent Nicolas Massu 6-4, 6-4. He plays Viktor Troiki in the last 16.
Elsewhere in the mens third round Juan Martin del Potro dispatched Serb Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-1 while Spaniard and world No.9 Fernando Verdasco ousted compatriot Feliciano Lopez 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Verdasco goes onto play Radek Stepanek who overcame Fernando Gonzalez 7-6, 6-4. Spaniard David Ferrer was also successful as he beat 17th seed Croat Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The womens event was less seed friendly as Elena Dementieva (fourth seed), Anabel Medina Garrigues (nineteenth seed) and Amelie Mauresmo (twentieth seed) were all dumped out of the last 16 by lower ranked players.
Caroline Wozniacki caused the biggest upset as she overcame Dementieva 7-5, 6-4 to set up a quarter-final clash with Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova who raced past world No.24 Alisa Kleybanova 6-2, 6-1.
The Williams sisters managed to live up to their status, not without a fight however; Serena Williams needed three long sets to take out Chinas Jie Zheng 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 while fifth seed Venus held off Agnieszka Radwanksa in a similar tense three-setter 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Other quarter-finalists are Aussie Samantha Stosur who beat Amelie Mauresmo 6-4, 6-4; Czech tennishead hot stuff Iveta Benesova who defeated Spaniard Medina Garrigues 6-4, 6-1 and eleventh seed Victoria Azarenka who ousted Agnes Szavay 6-4, 6-1.
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