ADELAIDE, Australia (Ticker) - The last two seeds of the AAPT Championships lost Friday as Belgian qualifier Kristof Vliegen advanced to the semifinals of the $322,000 hardcourt event.
Vliegen ousted sixth-seeded Alberto Martin of Spain, 6-3, 6-4. He had not won a main draw ATP match before this week, but now is guaranteed of winning at least $16,800. His career prize money before this week stood at $22,696.
The 20-year-old Belgian reached the quarterfinals of the French and Wimbledon junior singles championships in 2000, when he also captured the Wimbledon junior doubles crown.
"I'm not thinking every point what I'm doing, I'm just letting go of my instinct and hitting every ball as hard as I can," Vliegen said. "I'm just letting go of my instinct and hitting every ball as hard as I can. When I'm serving well, everything is going great after, so today is a great day."
Next up for Vliegen is former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands, who continued to close in on his first title in more than three seasons with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 victory over American Brian Vahaly
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