Third-seeded Spaniard escapes upset in tiebreaker
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ Carlos Moya of Spain outlasted Mikael Tillstrom of Sweden 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) on Monday in the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic.
In other singles action of the ATP Tour’s first outdoor event of the seaosn in North America, Mark Philippoussis of Australia defeated German Tommy Haas, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Hernan Gumy of Argentina beat Magnus Larsson of Sweden, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
Defending champion Wayne Ferreira, the No. 2 seed, and seventh-seeded MaliVai Washington played in the night session. Moya, No. 3, was the first seeded player to advance.
Moya, ranked No. 10 in the world, prevailed by winning the last three points in the tiebreaker, starting when Tillstrom double-faulted for the second time in the tiebreaker and eighth time in the match.
That made it 5-2, and Moya hung on to even his lifetime record with the Swede at 1-1.
One of a record six Spaniards in the singles main draw, Moya sprained his right ankle in the seventh game of the second set. After it was taped, he broke Tillstrom for the second straight time and won the set.
Philippoussis, who reached his first tour final as an 18-year-old two years ago in Scottsdale, hit a 139 mph serve in the third set, matching a tour-best speed reached by Greg Rusedski last month in the Sybase Open.