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Marat Safin of Russia takes a breather during a break as the fifth set goes into a tie-breaker against Tommy Haas of Germany. 26 (UPI) -- Former champion Marat Safin of Russia advanced Tuesday at the U. Open with a hard-fought 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory over veteran American Vincent Spadea.
Safin lost the quarterfinal match against Haas at the US Open held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2006 in New York. Safin won two majors and reached the world number 1 ranking during his career. They are the first brother-sister tandem in tennis history to both achieve No. Safin began his professional career in 1997, and held the No. Open after defeating Pete Sampras, and won the 2005 Australian Open, defeating Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the final.
This is Serena's sixth appearance and is trying to reclaim the world no. Serena won the event in 2001 and was the runner-up in 20.
Serena has a 10-5 record in the year-end championships.
Likhovtseva called for the trainer early in the second set when trailing 1-0.
She returned to the match after being treated for what a WTA Tour official described as a "right foot irritation" and didn't appear to be restricted in her movement, breaking Safina's serve in the next game.
It was a far cry from early October, when Safina was forced to end her year prematurely due to her health problems, crushing her chances of breaking into the top 10. "I was standing on the court and had to stop every three minutes just to have a break. I couldn't run from side to side and had to stand in one place and still I was very tired." Half the eight seeds have exited the 3,000 Gold Coast tournament following Slovenian Katarina Srebotnik's shock 6-3, 6-2 loss to Russia's Elena Vesnina, who will meet Italian Tathiana Garbin in the quarter-finals.
Despite his dislike of grass courts, he became the first Russian man to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships.
Swiss Hingis ousted Nicole Pratt 6-0, 6-1 in last night's feature match.