Malisse routs Garcia-Lopez en route to Delray semis

Updated: February 2, 2007, 4:25 PM ET
Reuters

MIAMI -- Belgian Xavier Malisse thrashed Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-1 in the first quarterfinal at the Delray Beach International on Friday as rankings trumped round robin aggregates.

Malisse will play American Vince Spadea, who beat Germany's Tommy Haas 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 , in Saturday's semifinals.

Garcia-Lopez, ranked 65th in the world, barely made an impression on Malisse, the world No. 31, claiming only two service games during the match.

Malisse had only just scraped into the quarterfinals, a beneficiary of the round-robin elimination method being tried at various ATP tournaments this year starting in Delray.

The Belgian made the last eight with the second lowest aggregate winning percentage of the tournament, 56.9 percent, against Garcia-Lopez's 64 percent.

Malisse was in total control on Friday in the 80-degree heat of South Florida as he demolished his opponent.

Garcia-Lopez lost his first and second service games before regaining his composure to win his third service game. But he was then broken again to hand the first set to Malisse.

The Spaniard had a more promising start to the second set when he won his first service game before being broken twice more, taking the score to 5-1.

That left Malisse needing to hold his serve to take the second set which he duly did as Garcia-Lopez powered a return into the net to lose the match in less than an hour.

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