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.