Philippoussis reaches quarters in Hall of Fame tourney

Updated: July 12, 2006, 5:44 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Mark Philippoussis advanced to the quarterfinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Rik De Voest on Wednesday.

Philippoussis, a two-time Grand Slam finalist ranked as high as No. 9 in the world in 2003, coasted to a straight-set victory for the second consecutive day as he tries to regain his form after two injury-plagued seasons.

"My confidence is back," he said. "I'm enjoying my competing."

In the only other second-round matches completed before rain ended the day's play, sixth-seeded Jurgen Melzer advanced with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win over Frank Dancevic, and Robert Kendrick defeated Igor Kunitsyn 6-4, 6-2.

Philippoussis, a 2003 Wimbledon finalist, injured his ankle in March 2005 and was limited to two matches the remainder of the year.

He had left knee surgery in 2000 and '01 before aggravating the same knee at the 2002 U.S. Open.

The next year he returned and helped Australia win the Davis Cup.

He coasted against De Voest despite getting 49 percent of his first serves in play.

"I didn't feel like I had great rhythm," he said. "It was kind of a patchy match. I felt like I could have done a little better. All in all, the win's the important thing."

Earlier this season, he was awarded a wild card to Wimbledon. But he lost in the second round after finishing out of the top 100 rankings the last two years.

In matches stopped by rain: No. 8 seed Justin Gimelstob led Wayne Arthurs 6-3, 2-3; Kristian Pless was ahead of Paul Capdeville 5-4; and Alex Bogdanovic was in front of George Bastl 2-1. The matches are scheduled to resume Thursday.

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