Friday, August 8, 2014

Belgian to face Baghdatis again in Aptos Challenger

   It didn't take long for Ruben Bemelmans to get a shot at revenge against Marcos Baghdatis.
   Six days, in fact.
   Bemelmans, a 26-year-old left-hander from Belgium, upset sixth-seeded Ante Pavic of Croatia 6-2, 7-6 (2) on Thursday in the second round of the $100,000 Comerica Bank Challenger in Aptos.
   Baghdatis, seeded second, advanced with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Andrea Collarini of Argentina.
   Bemelmans and Baghdatis, 29, of Cyprus will meet in this evening's featured match not before 5:45 at the Seascape Sports Club.
   Baghdatis, the runner-up to Roger Federer in the 2006 Australian Open, edged Bemelmans 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4) last Saturday in the semifinals of the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger en route to the title.
   Also Thursday, fifth-seeded Somdev Devvarman of India outlasted Ze Zhang of China 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6), 7-5 in 3 hours, 2 minutes.
   Devvarman, an Aptos semifinalist in 2009 and 2010, will face top-seeded Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan today not before 2:30 p.m.
At Seascape Sports Club in Aptos
Second-round singles 
   Mikhail Kukushkin (1), Kazakhstan, def. James Ward, 6-3, 6-4.
   Somdev Devvarman (5), India, def. Ze Zhang, China, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6), 7-5.
   Ruben Bemelmans, Belgium, def. Ante Pavic (6), Croatia, 6-2, 7-6 (2).
   Marcos Baghdatis (2), Cyprus, def. Andrea Collarini, Argentina, 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles quarterfinals
   Austin Krajicek, United States, and John-Patrick Smith (1), Australia, def. Alex Bogomolov Jr., Russia, and James Cerretani, United States, 5-7, 6-3 [10-8].
   Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak (3), New Zealand, def. Gonzalo Lama, Chile, and Juan Ignacio Londero, Argentina, 6-2, 6-4.
   Ruben Bemelmans, Belgium, and Laurynas Grigelis, Lithuania, def. Kevin King, United States, and Divij Sharan (2), India, 7-5, 6-3.
Today's schedule
Center Court
(Starting at 11 a.m.)
   Go Soeda (4), Japan, vs. Marton Fucsovics (8), Hungary.
   Juan Ignacio Londero, Argentina, vs. Rhyne Williams, United States.
(Not before 2:30 p.m.)
   Mikhail Kukushkin (1), Kazakhstan, vs. Somdev Devvarman (5), India.
   Purav Raja and Sanam Singh (4), India, vs. Andrea Collarini, Argentina, and Cesar Ramirez, Mexico.
(Not before 5:45 p.m.)
   Marcos Baghdatis (2), Cyprus, vs. Ruben Bemelmans, Belgium.

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