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Bucharest : Victor "Lurch" Hanescu def Starace 7-6 7-5 in a high quality QF

Outstanding performance by Hanescu. His serving was unbelivable and it wasn't just bombs and he didn't face a break point in the match.

Starace played well, but Lurch was too strong on serve and finally got his deserved break of serve.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Victor "Lurch" Hanescu def Potito Starace 7-6 7-5 in a high quality QF

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Re: Victor "Lurch" Hanescu def Potito Starace 7-6 7-5 in a high quality QF

good to see Hanescu back in form
a little sad for Starace that didnt took another chance to give his ranking another bump

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impressive tournament for Victor beating easily Montañes and now Starace, of course the motivation of the local crowd is the X-FACTOR for him
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The announcer was very excited after the match and it's good to see a local in the semis and Victor had a difficult 2006 with injury and has shown some good form in the challengers.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Bucharest : Victor "Lurch" Hanescu def Starace 7-6 7-5 in a high quality QF

Last time I saw Hanescu at the Australian Open against Coria, quite bluntly, he wasn't very impressive, but his serve was decent. Good to see he's playing better now, but a real shame for Potito.

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Very good win Victor

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Last time I saw Hanescu at the Australian Open against Coria, quite bluntly, he wasn't very impressive, but his serve was decent. Good to see he's playing better now, but a real shame for Potito.
Not at all Starace wasn't good enough to win today. He defended well and saved break points with good play. His inside out forehand was very good and volleyed well.

He was beaten by the better man on the day pure and simple.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Well done to Hanescu for an impressive display. It's always nice to see players doing well at their home events.
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Didn't get to the quarter final of the French Open for nothing.
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Didn't get to the quarter final of the French Open for nothing.
He played some bloody good tennis at that RG. Chela, Horna and Nalbandian in a row are very good wins for an unseeded guy and he played well in the last 2 sets against Federer.

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On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Bucharest : Victor "Lurch" Hanescu def Starace 7-6 7-5 in a high quality QF

Quick Vic is back! That RG route through was amazing, I shouldn't think Federer would have fancied playing any one of the three South Americans he beat to reach the quarters against him. The last two in particular, of course.

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Horna and Nalbandian, well Roger was definitely happy to play Lurch in that QF when it could have been one of those two.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Great to see Hanescu playing some decent tennis again
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