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Gimelstob reaches quarters in Hall of Fame tourney

7/13/2006 - Tennis

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Eighth-seeded Justin Gimelstob defeated
Wayne Arthurs 6-3, 7-6 (1) to advance to the quarterfinals at the
Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Thursday in a match delayed by
rain a day earlier.

Gimelstob, playing in his 10th tournament on Newport's grass
surface, was prepared for the court's playing condition because of
his experience at the event.

"The courts play softer when they're wet. You have to make
adjustments," Gimelstob said. "I love Newport, growing up on the
East Coast."

Two other matches, also delayed by rain Wednesday, were
completed. Kristian Pless edged Paul Capdeville 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; and
Alex Bogdanovic beat George Bastl 6-1, 7-6 (6).

Gimelstob has never appeared in a tournament final.

Top-seeded Andy Murray was ahead of Sam Querry 5-3, and serving
for the set when play was halted by rain again.

A top seed has never won in the tournament's 30-year history as
a tour event.

For the second straight day, seventh-seeded Mardy Fish's match
against Thiago Alves was postponed by rain.

The Hall of Fame championships, the only grass-court tournament
in North America, is held in conjunction with induction ceremonies.
This year's class of Patrick Rafter, Gabriela Sabatini and Gianni
Clerici will be enshrined Saturday.