Goldstein tops Luczak at Adelaide International

Updated: January 3, 2007, 7:58 AM ET
Associated Press

ADELAIDE, Australia -- American Paul Goldstein beat Australian Peter Luczak 7-6 (8), 6-1 Wednesday to become the first player to advance to the knockout phase of the round-robin Adelaide International.

Luczak broke Goldstein's service for a 2-0 lead, but immediately gave it back by dropping serve and did not earn another break point in the match.

Goldstein won the tiebreaker 10-8 and then raced away with the second set, wrapping up the victory in just over 90 minutes.

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia also advanced to the quarterfinals following a 6-1, 6-2 win over Alun Jones of Australia. Djokovic will play Goldstein on Friday in the quarterfinals.

Third-seeded Radek Stepanek scored a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Russian Evgeny Korolev and Arnaud Clement of France beat Germany's Benjamin Becker 7-5, 6-1 in other round-robin matches.

Lleyton Hewitt was idle Wednesday and plays his next match Thursday against Russia's Igor Kunitsyn.

The 32-player Adelaide tournament is the first to try the ATP Tour's new round-robin format in 2007. A dozen other tournaments are expected to experiment with the format during the season.

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