Tennis: Lapentti, Moya, Rios Gain
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) _ Barcelona native Carlos Moya moved into the quarterfinals of the Seat-Godo Barcelona Open on Thursday, beating Marc Roset of Switzerland 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2).
Earlier, third-seeded Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador, who eliminated defending champ Felix Mantilla in straight sets on Wednesday, defeated Slovakian Dominik Hrbaty 6-2, 6-2.
Moya said Roset’s big first serve was a problem for him. ``But my own serve was working well and I was able to take advantage of some opportunities in the tie breaks,″ he said.
Moya will face German Tommy Haas in the next round on Friday.
``The last time I played Haas was in Stuttgard and he beat me, but he’s a little irregular and we will see how he plays tomorrow,″ Moya said.
Haas advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Greg Rusedski of England 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.
Hrbaty, who reached the final at last week’s Monte Carlo Open, was unable to overcome Lapentti’s speed and strength.
``I was moving well and getting everything back to him with strong returns, ″ said Lapentti, who will face Russian Marat Safin in the quarterfinals of the $1 million event on Friday.
Safin beat Gaston Gaudio of Argentina 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
``Everything was working from me today. I am in one of the best moments of my career and I feel very confident,″ Lapentti said.
In other matches, Chilean Marcelo Rios, the No. 4 seed, battled past Sweden’s Andreas Vinciguerra 7-6 (3), 7-5.
Rios, who had surgery on both legs last November, said he was tired but feeling well.
``It was hard for me to get into the rhythm of the match at first,″ he said. ``I finished very tired but satisfied.″
Rios also had harsh criticism for Yevgeny Kafelnikov’s behavior Wednesday when the Russian arrived in his private plane just in time with his match with Spain’s Carlos Moya.
``To arrive like that shows a fault of respect for the tournament and it sets a bad example,″ Rios said.
Rios, ranked 68th by the ATP Tour, will face Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero in the quarterfinals.
Ferrero beat Frenchman Fabrice Santoro 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 to advance.