6th Seed Safely Through
6th Seeded Argentine Juan Igancio Chela has advanced to the seimfinals of the Medibank International, defeating 4th seed Novak Djokovic in four solid sets. The well played match saw Chela dig himself out of numerous holes. The most important being the third set in which Chela was able to win six of the final seven games of the set after being down 4-1 to take it 7-5. It was a clear turning point in the match as the two warriors had battled to a set apiece in the the first two. Chela secured an early break in the 4th and final set, and stayed strong to finish out the match. In the post match press conference, Chela was clearly delighted to reach the semifinals of just the second tournament of the year, but also stated he knows he must raise his game if he wishes to take the title.
Next up for Chela is the always streaky American Jan-Michael Gambill, who surprised and excitied fans in his thrilling five set win over second seed Goran Ivanisevic, in which one can truly say the three faces of Goran were shown, but that bad Goran prevailed in the end, not winning a point in either of the final two tiebreaks.