Armando reaches quarterfinals


NEW YORK -- Second-seeded Hugo Armando overtook Brian Baker
5-7, 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the USTA
Forest Hills Clay Court Classic at the West Side Tennis Club.

Armando, a 26-year-old from Bradenton, Fla., has won six titles
in the ATP's Challenger Series, but none have come in the United
States. He took a 4-1 lead over Baker, of Nashville, Tenn., in the
opening set.

"Then I played a couple of loose games and lost my focus,"
said Armando, who missed 10 months after tearing cartilage in his
right wrist in 2002. "I got my intensity back and took control."

Armando reached 85th in the rankings before the injury, then
fell to No. 950.

"Now I'm on a comeback," he said, "I'm playing better every
week. Clay is my best surface so it's up to me."

In other matches, fourth-seeded Juan Pablo Brezezicki of
Argentina beat Maximillian Abel of Germany 7-6 (2), 6-3 and
seventh-seeded James Blake, a former member of the U.S. Davis Cup
team, defeated Jacob Adaktusson of Sweden 6-2, 6-0.

Also, Alex Bogomolov, Jr., of Miami, eliminated Wayne Odesnik,
of Westin, Fla., 7-5, 6-3, and Michael Russell, of Ponte Vedra
Beach, Fla., beat Vasilis Mazaraki, of Greece, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3.