Sampras Limps Through To Quarterfinal
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ Pete Sampras advanced to the quarterfinals of the ABN AMRO indoor tournament with his second straight hard-fought victory Thursday.
The world’s top-ranked player, was hampered after twisting an ankle in the second set, but rallied to beat Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland 6-7 (8-6), 6-4, 6-4.
Sampras frequently showed his displeasure with line calls and looked uncomfortable as he lost a first-set tie-breaker.
With Sampras serving at 5-4 in the second set, the tournament referee intervened after the American received treatment for the injury and exceeded the time limit between games.
Sampras had to start the next game with a 0-15 penalty, but responded with a service ace and served out to take the set 6-4.
Games went with serve in the third set until Sampras managed to chase down a Hlasek drop shot to win a decisive break point in the seventh game.
Sampras underwent further treatment after the match and will decide Friday whether to withdraw or play his quarterfinal against unseeded 21-year-old Tim Henman of Great Britain.
Defending champion Richard Krajicek was eliminated by Frenchman Cedric Pioline 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
Pioline faces a quarterfinal against Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov, seeded No. 3, who ousted against Dutchman Jacco Eltingh 6-4, 6-2.
Second-seeded Croatian Goran Ivanisevic steamrollered his way into the quarterfinals, dropping just four games in a 6-3, 6-1 win over qualifier Omar Camporese of Italy.
Fourth seed Marc Rosset had much more trouble in a three-setter with 44th-ranked German David Prinosil. The big-serving Swiss eventually won 7-5, 6-7 (7-5), 6-1.
In the day’s only match between two unseeded players, Czech Martin Damm ground out a hard-won victory over German Karl-Uwe Steeb, Germany 6-7 (7-3) 6-4, 7-6 (8-6).