Sat, Jul 14, 2012 - Page 18 News List

Ram, Hewitt to face off in Hall of Fame semi-finals

AFP, NEWPORT, Rhode Island

The US’ Rajeev Ram upset Japanese second seed Kei Nishikori 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 on Thursday to book a semi-final date against Australian Lleyton Hewitt at the ATP Hall of Fame Championships.

Ram, ranked 118th in the world, won his first ATP title two years ago on the Newport grass and is in position for another trip to the final if he can oust Hewitt, a former World No. 1 coming back from toe surgery.

Hewitt, 31, eliminated Israel’s Dudi Sela 6-4, 6-3 in the day’s other quarter-final at the US$398,250 event.

Hewitt reached his first ATP semi-final since June 2010, when he went on to win his 28th career title at Halle, defeating Roger Federer in the final.

Yesterday’s other quarter-finals pitted US top seed John Isner against South African qualifier Izak van der Merwe, and German qualifier Benjamin Becker against US sixth seed Ryan Harrison.

Becker eliminated Canadian third seed Milos Raonic 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday, while Harrison downed countryman Jesse Levine 6-3, 6-4.

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