Tipsarevic, Schuettler win at ATP Tour’s Farmers Classic in Los Angeles

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bryan brothers to open bid for record 62nd title

LOS ANGELES — Third-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus beat American wild-card Ryan Sweeting 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in second-round play at the Farmers Classic on Wednesday night.

Baghdatis fired 11 aces and had the same number of winners in advancing to his fifth quarterfinal of the year. He’ll next play sixth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, who beat qualifier Somdev Devvarman of India 7-6 (11), 6-2.

Baghdatis had lost all three of his matches in his three previous tournaments, all on grass. It was his first win since a second-round victory at the French Open in May.

“I fought for the match without playing perfect tennis,” he said. “I came to LA knowing I wasn’t going to play my best tennis. I felt really bad on court and it’s good to win when you feel bad.”

Sweeting fell to 1-7 in ATP Tour matches this year, including first-round losses at the French Open and Wimbledon.

“I started off playing well,” he said. “He started serving well. When he gets going, he’s a tough player. He’s a shotmaker. He can hit a winner from anywhere on the court.”

Tipsarevic improved to 2-0 against Devvarman, who missed a chance to break into the tour’s top 100 for the first time with a victory.

Rainer Schuettler of Germany outlasted American Robby Ginepri 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in their first meeting since 2003. At 34, Schuettler is the oldest player in the singles draw.

Brothers Bob and Mike Bryan opened a bid to win their record 62nd career doubles title with a night match against Mardy Fish and Mark Knowles. The Bryans are five-time champions of their hometown tournament at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the UCLA campus.

The late singles match was to feature No. 2 seed and defending champion Sam Querrey against Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who has yet to beat the American in two previous meetings.

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