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Defending champ Haas upset by Becker; Roddick, Davenport, Peer advance in Memphis

Defending champ Haas upset by Becker; Roddick, Davenport, Peer advance in Memphis

Defending champion Tommy Haas was ousted by German compatriot Benjamin Becker 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the second round of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships on Wednesday.
Haas was a three-time Memphis champ on an 11-match winning streak in the tournament, but coming back from shoulder surgery in November. His record for the season dropped to 2-3.
He hit 11 aces but gave up eight double faults and lost his serve four times in his first match with Davis Cup teammate Becker, who won despite landing barely half of his first serves.
"I played a solid first set, overall," Haas said. "At the beginning of the second set I started to make a few too many unforced errors. I kind of lost my form a bit and a little of my confidence.
"He got a break by me making a few too many unforced errors and then he started picking his game up and serving better and playing really aggressive. He didn't give me much of (an opportunity) to play my game. And at the end it just came down to a few points here and there."
Top-seeded Andy Roddick beat Luxembourg qualifier Gilles Muller 6-4, 7-6 (4) in a first-round match.
Roddick, coming off a victory on Sunday in San Jose, California, overcame the hard-serving Muller's 18 aces. At one point in the second set, Muller had five straight aces.
"He was serving up a storm," Roddick said. "I was lucky to get through."
Roddick will face former high school teammate Mardy Fish in the second round. Last week in the San Jose quarterfinals, Roddick needed three sets to beat Fish.
Seventh-seeded Jurgen Melzer lost to Steve Darcis of Belgium 6-3, 7-6 (4) but No. 4 Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic moved into the last eight for a second straight week by beating Florent Serra of France 7-6 (6), 2-6, 7-5.
No. 8 Robin Soderling, the 2006 finalist, won his first-rounder against Canadian qualifier Frederic Niemeyer 6-2, 6-1.
In the women's Cellular South Cup, three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport dispatched Russian Evgeniya Rodina 6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals on debut.
Defending champion Venus Williams and second-seeded Tatiana Golovin were knocked out in the first round on Tuesday.
Davenport served 11 aces and saved all five break points against Rodina in the 51-minute, second-round match.
The American has won three of her previous five tournaments since returning to the WTA Tour following the birth of her first child last summer. Next up, Davenport will meet sixth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who defeated 15-year-old Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal 6-2, 6-4.
"It's impossible not to see (the top-seeded) players who have lost," Davenport said. "But the next person I play is a very good player. I can't afford to look ahead."
Third-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel, last year's runner-up, beat Melinda Czink of Hungary 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 to move on and play qualifier Marina Erakovic of New Zealand. The Kiwi reached her second career WTA quarterfinal with a 7-5, 6-3 defeat of American wild card Amber Liu.


Updated : 2021-05-15 02:07 GMT+08:00