Russell and Mahut Advance to the Hall of Fame Semifinals

Newport Tennis Hall of Fame news release…

NEWPORT, R.I., July 11, 2013 – Two quarterfinal matches at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Thursday set up a semifinal between Michael Russell and Nicolas Mahut.
  
American Michael Russell came into Newport after a victory at last
week's Manta Challenger, played on hard courts in Ecuador. Today, he
battled for 2 hours and 40 minutes to defeat No. 3 seed Igor Sijsling
7-6(3), 6-7(6), 7-6(5). Russell did not have match points in the second
set. In the third-set tiebreak, he came back from 0-3 to win six
straight points to take a 6-3 lead. The win is Russell's second
tour-level semifinal of his career (Houston 2012).

The match was the first three-tie-break marathon at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships since 1993 (Rusedski-Antonitsch).

 

Next on court, Newport's 2007 runner up Nicolas Mahut defeated Poland's Michal Przysiezny. Mahut is 10-2 on grass this season. Russell and Mahut will meet in the semifinals on Saturday.

 

Quarterfinal action at
the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships continues tomorrow. In the first
singles match on Center Court, big servers John Isner and Ivo Karlovic
will fight for a spot in the semifinals. Isner is the two-time
defending champion at Newport. Karlovic has been enjoying a successful
run at the event this week, which is his first tournament since April,
due to illness. In addition to advancing to he singles quarterfinal,
in doubles action today, Karlovic and his partner Divij Sharan saved four match points in a match tie-break to beat Adil Shamasdin and John-Patrick Smith 6-4, 4-6, 19-17, setting the record for the longest match-tie-break of the season.

 

See below for Thursday's results and Friday's order of play.

  
Michael Russell
Photo by Ben Solomon.
      

For additional information, tickets, and live scoring, visit www.HallofFameTennisChampionships.com 

 

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Order of Play.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Main Draw.

 

 

RESULTS – JULY 11, 2013

Singles – Quarterfinals
M Russell (USA) d [3] I Sijsling (NED) 76(3) 67(6) 76(5)
[WC] N Mahut (FRA) d M Przysiezny (POL) 76(5) 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[2] N Mahut (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [WC] P Amritraj (IND) / S Querrey (USA) walkover
T Smyczek (USA) / R Williams (USA) d D Kudla (USA) / M Russell (USA) 62 63
I Karlovic (CRO) / D Sharan (IND) d A Shamasdin (CAN) / J Smith (AUS) 64 46 19-17

Doubles – First Round
[4] M Demoliner (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) 46 63 10-5

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013

CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
M Ebden (AUS) / I Sijsling (NED) vs [4] M Demoliner (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 

 

Not Before 1:00 PM
I Karlovic (CRO) vs [2] J Isner (USA)
[Q] J Hernych (CZE) vs [4] L Hewitt (AUS)
T Smyczek (USA) / R Williams (USA) vs I Karlovic (CRO) / D Sharan (IND)