Gimelstob reaches quarters in Hall of Fame tourney

Updated: July 13, 2006, 5:21 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press