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Newz Forum: OTHER: TENNIS: Luczak into Brazil semis

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posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 12:50 PM
Australian Peter Luczak has progressed through to the semi finals of the Brazil Open after beating Argentine Edgardo Massa in three sets.

After rain washed out much of the play on Wednesday, Luczak was among a number of players forced to play two matches in the one day to make up the time and came through with two victories.

The Australian secured a berth in the quarters by beating local hope Andre Sa in three sets also, dropping the first before going on to win 3-6 6-3 6-0.

In his quarter final, Luczak again dropped the first set, winning just one game but battled back to secure a 1-6 7-5 6-1 victory.

Sixth seed Rafael Nadal of Spain also reached the semis by beating Argentine Agustin Calleri 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-4.

Fellow Spaniard Alberto Martin was another to reach the last four with a win over an Argentine opponent, beating seventh seed Mario Zabaleta 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

Brazilian Ricardo Mello kept the local flags flying, fighting out a tough first set against Spaniard Santiago Ventura before cruising home in the second to win 7-5 6-1.

Results from the Brasil Open:
Second Round
Agustin Calleri (Argentina) bt 3-Juan Ignacio Chela (Argentina) 7-6 (7-2) 6-1
6-Rafael Nadal (Spain) bt Alex Calatrava (Spain) 6-3 6-3
Edgardo Massa (Argentina) bt 8-Albert Costa (Spain) 6-7 (3-7) 6-1 7-6 (9-7)
Ricardo Mello (Brazil) bt Martin Vassallo Arguello (Argentina) 6-3 1-0 (rtd)
Peter Luczak (Australia) bt Andre Sa (Brazil) 3-6 6-3 6-0

6-Rafael Nadal (Spain) bt Agustin Calleri (Argentina) 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-4
Alberto Martin (Spain) bt 7-Mario Zabaleta (Argentina) 7-6 (8-6) 6-4
Ricardo Mello (Brazil) bt Santiago Ventura (Spain) 7-5 6-1
Peter Luczak (Australia) bt Edgardo Massa (Argentina) 1-6 7-5 6-1


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