Robredo, Blake among seeds planted at Adelaide

1/4/2006 - Tennis

ADELAIDE, Australia -- It was a bad day to be a
seeded player at the Next Generation Adelaide International.

Third-ranked Tommy Robredo, No. 4 Mario Ancic and fifth-ranked
James Blake all were upset in Wednesday's second round of the
$419,000 season-opening tournament.

A native of Spain, Robredo dropped a 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3
decision to Florent Serra of France. Robredo served for the
first set at 5-4 but was broken at love and ultimately dropped
the set in a tiebreak.

The Spaniard rallied to win the second set but Serra was too
much in the deciding set, sealing the victory with a forehand
down the line on his first match point.

"It was a very good victory for me," Serra said. "I was very
happy to play a player in the top 20, a player like Tommy, on
Center Court. I'm very happy to be here and happy with my game.
My backhand and forehand from the baseline felt good."

Another player who must have felt good after Wednesday is Xavier
Malisse of Belgium, who rallied for a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8)
triumph over Ancic to advance to the quarterfinals.

Malisse had dropped his only previous match against the Croatian
in the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2004.

Blake appeared as if he would survive the round as he took the
first set against Italy's Andreas Seppi. But the American
faltered over the last two sets and was beaten by Seppi, 3-6,
6-3, 6-4.

There was one seeded player who avoided the upset bug Wednesday
as No. 7 Jarkko Nieminen of Finland grinded out a 7-6 (7-1), 7-5
win over Florian Mayer of Germany.

Nieminen will face Seppi in the quarterfinals, while Serra and
Malisse also will face off in the round of eight.