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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Safin Exits Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, California — Sweden's Thomas Johansson used a patient attack to wear down ailing second seed Marat Safin of Russia 7-5, 7-5 in a topsy-turvy Tuesday that saw four seeds knocked out in the first round of the Tennis Master Series Indian Wells tournament.

Hampered by a back injury he sustained while playing two weeks ago in Dubai, Safin could barely lift his racket over his head. At times the U.S. Open champion was forced to spin in meager 116 kilometer-per-hour second serves, some 64 kilometers per hour below his normal second-serve speed.

Also sent wandering into the desert without a victory were fifth-seeded Swede Magnus Norman, 15th-seeded Australian Mark Philippoussis and 14th seed Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia.

In the women's draw, world No. 1 Martina Hingis breezed past Silvia Farina Elia 6-0, 6-1 to set up a semifinal outing against talented 14th seed Kim Clijsters of Belgium, who enjoyed smooth sailing in a 6-2, 6-2 quarterfinal victory over Russia's Yelena Bovina.