Newport, RI (Sports Network) - American Michael Russell and Frenchman
Nicolas Mahut booked spots in the semifinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis
The 35-year-old world No. 95 journeyman Russell upset third-seeded Dutchman
Igor Sijsling 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-5) in Thursday's quarterfinal
action on the grass courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Russell will attempt to reach his first-ever ATP final.
Mahut, the runner-up at this event in 2007, outlasted Michal Przysiezny of
Poland in straight sets, winning 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to move on to the next round.
Friday's quarterfinals will pit second-seeded American John Isner against
fellow 6-foot-10 player Ivo Karlovic of Croatia and fourth-seeded former world
No. 1 star Lleyton Hewitt versus Czech Jan Hernych. Isner captured his second
straight Newport title last year by besting the former Wimbledon champion
Hewitt, of Australia, in the final.
The winner of this $520,000 event will claim $78,000.
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