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Sam Querrey's booming serve carried him past Jesse Levine 6-4, 7-6 (5) on Thursday and into the semifinals of the Heineken Open.
Fourth-seeded Querrey had 16 aces, to go with the 19 he had in his second-round match against Olivier Rochus, to earn a semifinal spot opposite second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Querrey and Levine, both 25, first played each other as teenagers at a futures tournament in 2006 when Canada's Levine was a winner in three sets.
Their careers have since diverged and Querrey has lifted his world ranking to 22 while Levine was forced to qualify in Auckland on his ranking of 104.
Top-seeded David Ferrer had an easy match into the semifinals, downing Slovakia's Lukas Lacko 6-2, 6-1.
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Fourth-seeded Sam Querrey showed impressive form to advance to the Heineken Tennis Open quarterfinals Wednesday, beating Belgian wild card Olivier Rochus 7-5, 6-3 in just over an hour.
Querrey sent down 19 aces in an outstanding serving performance he described as one of the best of his career.
''That's probably one of the best serving matches I've ever played and...
Sam Querrey's booming serve carried him past long-time rival Jesse Levine 6-4, 7-6 (5) on Thursday and into the semifinals of the Heineken Open.
Fourth-seeded Querrey served 16 aces, to go with the 19 he served in his second round match against Olivier Rochus, to earn a semifinal place opposite second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Querrey and Levine, both 25, first played each...
(January 9, 2013) Spain’s David Ferrer defeated Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to move into the Heineken Tennis Open quarterfinals in Auckland.
“It was tough. It never is easy in the first round,” said Ferrer. “My opponent played a very good game.
“The court is very fast and sometimes I need to play with power, I can’t just play defense. Anyway, I won the match...