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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Safin Loses at Wimbledon Warmup

LONDON — Top-seeded Marat Safin tumbled out of the Queen's Club championship Thursday, losing 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10-8) to Dutchman Peter Wessels.

The Russian never looked comfortable on a sunny center court, failing to find a way to overcome Wessels' big serve and greater consistency.

Safin held a slight upper hand in the first set, dropping only five points on serve and breaking to lead 3-2. But, in the second set, it was Wessels who served more solidly, dropping just one point in his first three service games and then holding a break point to lead 4-2.

Safin escaped that crisis when his opponent put a backhand in the net. But a fine return earned Wessels set point at 5-4, at which point Safin netted a backhand volley from a low bounce.

In the final set, games went with serve without either player even earning a break point. Although Safin held two match points in the tiebreak, it was Wessels who took the match on his own second match point when Safin netted another backhand.

On Wednesday, Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras produced a sublime performance to cruise through to the third round with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Belgium's Olivier Rochus.

In the opening showcourt match, Rochus held his serve to level at 1-1 in the first set but after that it was Sampras all the way.

Britain's Tim Henman followed Sampras on to Center Court and produced an equally clinical display to crush Italian qualifier Cristiano Caratti 6-3, 6-1.

Second seed Jelena Dokic suffered a major setback ahead of Wimbledon when she was beaten 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the Edgbaston Open women's event by Australia's Alicia Molik on Wednesday.

Third seed Magui Serna of Spain was also bundled out of the tournament by an Australian, losing 6-4 6-2 to Nicole Pratt.

(Reuters, AP)