Armando reaches quarterfinals

Updated: May 11, 2005, 7:32 PM ET
Associated Press

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.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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