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Safin sets up showdown with Gonzalez

AFP , MUNICH, GERMANY

Former world No. 1 Marat Safin was to face second seed Fernando Gonzalez in yesterday’s quarter-finals of the ATP tournament in Munich despite the Chilean suffering a second-round scare.

Gonzalez recovered from losing the first set 6-1 against Belgium’s Kristof Vliegen to win the remaining sets 7-5, 6-3 in the second round tie.

With a host of top names pulling out of the event — including local heroes Tommy Haas and Philipp Kohlschreiber — the clay-court event has been shorn of big names.

Alongside Gonzalez, towering Russian Safin is one of the biggest names left in the tournament, but he had to dig deep to beat Germany’s Michael Berrer earlier in the day after the first two sets went to a tie-break.

Having slipped down the ATP rankings to 84th after a long injury break, Safin was given a wildcard entry by the Munich organizers, but is in the last eight after beating Berrer 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (5/7), 6-3.

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