Friday, May 2, 2008

Remember Younes el Aynaoui ???

Moroccan qualifier, Younes El Aynaoui, notched his second straight victory at the BMW Open in Munich, as he ousted seventh-seeded Belgian, Steve Darcis 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach his first quarterfinal since the Madrid Masters in 2003.

The 36-year-old North African, who won the Munich title in 2002, has slipped to 295 in the world rankings after reaching a career-high of 14 back in 2003.

El Aynaoui, who is best known for the epic match he lost to Andy Roddick, that ended 21-19 in the fifth set at the 2003 Australian Open, next faces Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro.

El Aynaoui has not won an ATP level match, prior to the event in Munich, since he beat Thomas Johansson at the Doha Open first round in January last year.

Safin Finally Makes Two in a Row in Munich

Two-time Grand Slam champion, Marat Safin, reached his first quarterfinal since Washington last July, by defeating home favorite, Michael Berrer, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3.

The Russian wildcard, who had failed to win back-to-back matches this season, faces second seed, Fernando Gonzalez in the quarters.

It seems that the tournament officials, who received shocking last-minute withdrawals from the third and fifth seeds, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Tommy Haas, have been rewarded as Safin seems to be finding his form on German clay.

It's great to see former world number one, Safin, back to his winning ways. Lets see how he holds up against the strong-hitting Chilean.

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