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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sampras Survives, Faces Lendl Again

MELBOURNE -- Top seed Pete Sampras ensured his second big meeting with former world No. 1 Ivan Lendl in consecutive weekends despite some anxious moments at the Australian Open on Friday.


Sampras survived a self-confessed "siesta" against French left-hander Stephane Simian before completing a 7-5, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 victory, which took him into the last 16 of the men's singles for the eighth Grand Slam tournament in succession.


Lendl, in contrast, has been absent from the fourth round at any of the four major tournaments for over a year, but ended the sequence with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 win over Dutchman Paul Haarhuis.


Only last Saturday, Sampras and Lendl were involved in the final of the New South Wales Open in Sydney. The younger American won in straight sets, but has mixed feelings about Sunday's rematch.


"Lendl's the type of guy who, if you open the door, he (is) going to walk right in. He's one of the greatest players in history, but he seems to bring out the best in me."


Sampras, taken to five sets in his second-round match by Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov, admitted that his current form was subject to fluctuations.


"I started rushing things in the third set. You can't afford to take a siesta like that in the later rounds, but the conditions today were tough."


On a cool, blustery day when the start of play was delayed by rain, Swiss 11th seed Marc Rosset and women's contenders Anke Huber and Helena Sukova were left to reconsider their weekend plans after unscheduled defeats.


Rosset lost 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 to South Africa's Grant Stafford, ranked 69th in the world and impatient to rise higher.


The seventh-seeded Huber wasted three match points, double-faulting on two of them, as she lost 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 to American Ginger Helgeson after her opponent had stolen the second-set tie-break 12-10.


Sukova, an Australian finalist in 1989, had already lost 6-4, 6-3 on the same outside court to France's Sandrine Testud, ranked 115th in the world.


Men's fifth seed Goran Ivanisevic meanwhile kept his Croatian supporters happy with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 win over American Aaron Krickstein in two hours 15 minutes on Center Court.


Ivanisevic served 20 aces, but received a warning after smashing his racket to bits during a fit of temper in the second set.


His concentration was also lacking at times during the match, but he was still too good for Krickstein who has never reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event outside his native country.


In the solitary unfinished men's second-round match, American MaliVai Washington followed up his first-round win over second seed Michael Stich by beating Russian Andrei Cherkasov 6-2 in a fifth set.


He now plays Austrian Alex Antonitsch.


Later Friday, 13th-seeded Wayne Ferreira of South Africa advanced by beating the Czech Republic's Daniel Vacek 4-6, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4.


On the women's side, 10th-seeded Kimiko Date of Japan moved into the fourth round with a convincing 6-3, 7-5 win over Rachel McQuillan of Australia.