Sampras Eliminated in Cincinnati
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MASON, Ohio (AP) _ Pete Sampras’ title drought stretched to 32 tournaments Wednesday with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) loss to Australian Wayne Arthurs in the Cincinnati Masters Series.
``Maybe he wasn’t at his peak, but it’s always great to get a win over one of the best players ever,″ Arthurs said. ``Yes, he’s maybe a little bit more vulnerable than he used to be.″
Sampras, winless taking Wimbledon in 2000 for his 13th Grand Slam title, could not overcome Arthurs’ strong serve in the second-round match.
``He’s got a huge serve, one of the best serves on the tour, and he backs it up with a big second serve,″ Sampras said. ``He’s dangerous.″
Top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt, the U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion, advanced to the third round when Davide Sanguinetti withdrew because of a right toe injury. Hewitt led 5-0 when Sanguinetti withdrew.
``I still don’t know where my game is,″ Hewitt said. ``Obviously, it would have been a lot nicer to have won properly, but I’m through to the round of 16 and can’t complain. Matches are going to get tougher and tougher from now on.″
Fourth-seeded Tim Henman tumbled out along with Sampras, falling 7-6 (3), 6-2 to Fernando Gonzalez, while 12th-seeded Andy Roddick and 16th-seeded Carlos Moya advanced easily.
Roddick beat Nicolas Kiefer 6-4, 6-3, and Moya edged Sjeng Schalken 6-2, 6-4. In other matches, Tommy Robredo beat Greg Rusedski 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, and Xavier Malisse outlasted Ivan Ljubicic 4-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (7).