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Van Herck Wins Round at Red Clay

May 8, 1998

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) _ Sixth-seeded Steve Campbell, a semifinalist last year, was beaten 7-5, 6-0 Thursday night by Belgium’s Johan Van Herck in the second round of the America’s Red Clay Championship.

It was the completion of a second-round match suspended Wednesday night because of lightning. Campbell trailed 6-5 when the first set was stopped.

Van Herck made quick work of him when play resumed Thursday. The second set lasted only 21 minutes.

``His legs weren’t there, he looked slow,″ Van Herck said. ``He wasn’t into it, but I came out focused.″

``He was just on fire and he took the match,″ Campbell said.

Campbell came into this event ranked 82nd in the world and was seeded for only the second time in his career.

``Seeded or not seeded, everybody out there is good,″ Campbell said. ``The top two seeds (Jason Stoltenberg and Vince Spadea) are out.″

Campbell, a four-time Michigan high school champion from Detroit, has an 11-7 match record this year.

``I’m not that disappointed,″ he said. ``A lot of my matches could have gone either way.″

Also, Justin Gimelstob beat fourth-seeded Wayne Black of Zimbabwe 6-1, 6-2 and 17-year-old Belgian Xavier Malisse knocked off No. 5 seed Mikael Tillstrom 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

Malisse, the youngest player in the field, is ranked 631st in the world, while Tillstrom is 79th. His first ATP victory came against John van Lottum earlier this week.

``I didn’t even know he was No. 5,″ Malisse said. ``I go out and play my game and if they beat me it’s because they’re been better.″

Andre Ilie, the Australian who defeated Stoltenberg, also advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Haiti’s Ronald Agenor, who at 33 was the event’s oldest player.

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