Dubai: Carry On Culling
Posted by gauloises1 on February 25, 2010
Not that there were many top seeds left to cull, but sixth seed Marin Cilic was the latest victim of whatever is going on in Dubai, falling to Jurgen Melzer 76(8) 75.
For a while there it looked like Novak Djokovic might join him, but fortunately he fought back against Ivan Ljubicic and ended in fine style, by bagelling him.
Next up for Nole, sole survivor of a field that looked so promising? Marcos Baghdatis, who beat Michael Berrer in straights, while Melzer faces seventh seed and perennial question mark Mikhail Youzhny.
And that is what happened today.
Singles – Quarter-finals
 N Djokovic (SRB) d I Ljubicic (CRO) 26 64 60
J Melzer (AUT) d  M Cilic (CRO) 76(8) 75
 M Youzhny (RUS) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 63 64
M Baghdatis (CYP) d M Berrer (GER) 76(5) 61
Doubles – Quarter-finals
 L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) d A Clement (FRA) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 76(3) 61
C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) d  F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 64 62
F Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) 63 64
Order of Play
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
J Melzer (AUT) vs  M Youzhny (RUS)
F Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) vs S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS)
Not Before 7:00 PM
M Baghdatis (CYP) vs  N Djokovic (SRB)
C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) vs  L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND)