Rios, Novak Advance at Swiss Open
GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) _ Marcelo Rios and Jiri Novak stormed to the quarterfinals of the Swiss Open Thursday as rain that had delayed the tournament finally cleared.
The seventh-seeded Rios and Novak each played and won two matches.
Two seeded players lost _ second-seeded Nicolas Kiefer of Germany and fifth-seeded Younes El Aynaoui of Morocco.
Rios, recovering from a leg injury, had 12 aces in defeating Czech Slava Dosedel 7-5, 6-7 (2), 6-2 in his morning game, before serving 14 more in the afternoon to eliminate home favorite George Bastl 6-3, 7-5.
Novak defeated Morocco’s Hicham Arazi 6-3, 7-6 (0) in his first match, then beat Spain’s Francisco Clavet 6-3, 7-5.
Kiefer was upset 6-3, 6-1 in the second round by France’s Sebastien Grosjean, while El Aynaoui was toppled 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in the first round by Clavet, who was in turn eliminated by Novak.
Top-seeded Alex Corretja played a match and a half, first defeating Swiss teen-ager Roger Federer 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 before taking a 6-2, 5-2 lead over American Vincent Spadea in a second-round match that was postponed until Friday because of rain.
Spadea had defeated three-time former champion Sergi Bruguera of Spain 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 in his first round match a few hours earlier.
Defending champion Albert Costa, seeded fourth, also advanced to the round of eight, beating France’s Jerome Golmard 6-4, 6-3, while eighth-seeded Mariano Puerta of Argentina beat Felix Mantilla of Spain 6-0, 6-2.
Sixth-seeded Franco Squillari of Argentina defeated Germany’s Rainer Schuttler 7-5, 7-5 to reach the second round, where he was to meet home favorite Marc Rosset, but stubborn evening showers prevented the match from starting.