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Guccione beats Gasquet to reach Adelaide semis

1/5/2007 - Tennis

ADELAIDE, Australia -- Australian Chris Guccione used 22
aces to help overcome an early 5-0 deficit and beat second-seeded
Richard Gasquet of France 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the Adelaide
International quarterfinals Friday.


Losing the first five games of the first set within 12 minutes,
Guccione blasted serve after serve down the middle line to
frustrate Gasquet and get back into the match. Guccione added three
aces in the third-set tiebreaker, the last on match point.

"It was a good sign to serve that well on the big points,"
Guccione said. "Most of the break points he had I either hit an
ace or came up with a good shot. In the tiebreak he barely got a
look-in on my serve."

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia came from a break down in
each set to beat American Paul Goldstein 6-4, 7-5. Djokovic will
play the winner of the quarterfinal between Joachim Johannson of
Sweden and American Vincent Spadea, originally scheduled for Friday
but postponed to Saturday due to the rain.

Russian baseliner Igor Kunitsyn, who beat hometown favorite
Lleyton Hewitt on Thursday, was scheduled to play Juan Martin Del
Potro of Argentina in another quarterfinal later Friday, but the
match was rained out. The winner will play Guccione in the
semifinals later Saturday.