Tennis: Sela claims significant victory over Stepanek
By ALLON SINAI AND AP
The 24-year-old Israeli, currently ranked at No. 72 in the world, hadn’t beaten a top-20 player in nearly nine months.
Dudi Sela claimed his biggest win of the year on Sunday, beating world number 17 Radek Stepanek 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 to advance to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
The 24-year-old Israeli, currently ranked at No. 72 in the world, his lowest position since last February, hadn’t beaten a top-20 player in nearly nine months, but dominated Stepanek in the third and decisive set and wrapped up the win after one hour and 45 minutes.
Next up for Sela, who had lost five consecutive matches before arriving in California, is a third round meeting with Spaniard Tommy Robredo (23).
Despite being one of the more consistent players on the ATP Tour, Robredo, who has been ranked among the top 25 players for more than five straight years, has actually lost to Sela in all three of their previous career meetings, including the third round of Wimbledon last year.
go Dudi !
If Sela gets the better of Robredo once more he will likely face Roger Federer in the last 16.
Federer has to beat Baggy first.