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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bruguera Toppled at RCA

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- Two-time French Open champion and second seed Sergi Bruguera was the latest seed to fall at the $1.04 million RCA Championships when the Spaniard was upset by Bernd Karbacher.

Karbacher toppled Bruguera 7-6, 7-6 in the third round Thursday to oust the last seed in the bottom half of the 64-player draw.

"I always thought I had a good chance to beat him," said Karbacher, ranked No. 63 in the world."I never gave up or never was down." Karbacher took the opening tiebreaker 7-5 and the second 7-3.

Bruguera, who won their two previous encounters which were on clay, had fought hard just to force a second tiebreaker after saving three match points in the ninth game as he rallied from 3-5.

Third seed Stefan Edberg avoided the upset list as the Swede held off 14th-seeded Richard Krajicek 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals.


In Montreal, second seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario moved into the quarter-finals of the $750,000 Canadian Open with a 6-0, 6-4 victory Thursday over Elena Likhovtseva of Kazakhstan.

Ranked second in the world behind the tournament's number one seed Steffi Graf of Germany, Sanchez Vicario will now play Katerina Maleeva of Bulgaria, a 7-5, 6-3 third-round winner over seventh-seeded Amanda Coetzer of South Africa.

Fifth seed Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina set up a quarter-final showdown against Graf by beating Yayuk Basuki of Indonesia 6-1, 6-4.

Graf, who was bothered by back problems during her third round match on Wednesday, practiced on Thursday and afterwards said: "I had no problems today, I feel better."

Graf has beaten Sabatini the last five times and holds a 26-11 career advantage. Sabatini's most recent win came more than two years ago.

"Playing Steffi is a really good preparation for the U.S. Open (which begins August 29)," said Sabatini, who lost to Graf in last year's U.S. Open in three sets in the quarter-finals. "I couldn't hope for any more than to play the number one player.

"This is the kind of match I've been waiting for and trying to win," Sabatini said.


In New Haven, Connecticut, top-seeded Michael Stich and defending champion Andrei Medvedev won twice at the rain-disrupted $1.04 million Volvo International Tennis Tournament on Thursday.

Forced to do double duty after having his second round match halted by rain on Wednesday, Stich began the day by completing a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Marcelo Rios of Chile before returning to beat 15th-seeded Daniel Vacek of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the hard court tournament.

The second-seeded Medvedev opened by beating South African Grant Stafford 6-1, 6-3 and then beat Stefano Pescosolido of Italy 6-3, 7-6.

However, two-time champion Ivan Lendl lost to seventh-seeded Marc Rosset 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 in a marathon third round match. (Reuters, AP)