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Lu victory earns clash with Andy Roddick


Lu Yen-hsun hits a backhand to Juergen Melzer in their second round Regions Morgan Keegan Championships tennis match at the Racquet Club of Memphis, in Tennessee, on Thursday.


Andy Roddick advanced on Thursday in the second round at the US$865,000 ATP and WTA tournament setting up a clash with Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳).

The top seeded Roddick and the third-seeded British teenager Andrew Murray are both a win away from a rematch of last weekend's semi-final at San Jose where the Scot beat his US opponent en route to winning the title.


Roddick on Thursday turned back German Benjamin Becker, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, while Murray beat Dane Kristian Pless, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) to advance to the quarter-finals.

Murray next faces Austrian Stefan Koubek.

Lu put himself in the quarter-final path of Roddick by advancing 7-6 (7/2), 1-1 when Austrian sixth seed Jurgen Melzer retired due to a stomach complaint.

Defending men's champion Tommy Haas and women's top seed Shahar Peer each advanced with straight-set victories.

Haas, the second seed from Germany, downed Amer Delic of the US 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/5) to book a quarter-final date yesterday against Sam Querrey, who upset French seventh seed Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4.

US fourth seed Mardy Fish eliminated Argentina's Juan Martin Del Porto 6-1, 7-6 (9/7), earning the right to play Teimuraz Gabashvili of Russia in the quarter-finals.

In the women's draw, Venus Williams continued her comeback with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 triumph over countrywoman Laura Granville to advance to the semi-finals.

Nagging injury

Williams is making her first appearance in more than four months because of a nagging wrist injury.

She will face Ioana Raluca Olaru next. The Romanian advanced when fourth-seeded Samantha Stosur of Austria retired in the first set with a viral illness.

Israel's Peer defeated Bethanie Mattek 6-0, 6-3 to reach a semi-final match against Meilen Tu of the US, who eliminated Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 6-0, 6-2.

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