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Blake stops Spadea; Safin out at Countrywide Classic

Updated: July 21, 2007, 2:12 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Second-seeded James Blake advanced to the semifinals of the ATP Countrywide Classic on Friday with a 7-6 (2), 6-4 victory over Vincent Spadea.

Blake will play No. 7 Lee Hyung-taik in a semifinal match on Saturday. Lee eliminated No. 3 seed Marat Safin 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. Nicolas Kiefer, of Germany, the 2004 runner-up, also advanced by beating countryman Michael Berrer 7-6 (5), 6-1.

Kiefer, a wild card entrant playing his first hardcourt tournament in 16 months, ...

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