Tillstrom Upsets Ivanisevic
TORONTO (AP) _ Sweden’s Mikael Tillstrom upset second-seeded Goran Ivanisevic 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-4 as five seeded players tumbled out of the du Maurier Open tennis tournament in second-round play Wednesday.
Ivanisevic, ranked sixth in the world, came to Toronto after reaching the final of the RCA Championships in Indianapolis. But he couldn’t get past the Swede, currently ranked a career-best 44th in the world.
Ivanisevic, who lost his opening doubles match Tuesday, now has plenty of time to prepare for the start of the U.S. Open next week. He is seeded fourth there.
The Croatian was one of the few big names at the $2 million du Maurier Open tournament. But the Toronto event is rich in depth, setting the scene for a slew of upsets among lower seeds.
Australian teenager Mark Philippoussis knocked off Switzerland’s Mark Rosset for the second time in as many weeks Wednesday, ousting the eighth seed 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6).
Other seeds going down to defeat were No. 11 Alberto Berasategui of Spain, No. 12 Francisco Clavet of Spain and No. 13 Jason Stoltenberg of Australia.
No. 10 Arnaud Boetsch of France, No. 14 Paul Haarhuis of the Netherlands, No. 15 Todd Woodforde of Australia and No. 16 Magnus Gustafsson of Sweden lost during the first two days of play.
The losses mean five seeds have been beaten in the top side of the draw, easing the path for No. 1 Thomas Muster of Austria.
If the draw holds, Muster won’t have to play a seeded player until the semifinals, although he could play Philippoussis in the quarterfinals.
Philippoussis beat Rosset in the quarterfinals of a tournament in New Haven, Conn., last week.
On Wednesday, the 19-year-old Australian hit 13 aces and survived a match point en route to beating Rosset in a battle of big men with booming serves. Philippoussis is 6-foot-4, while Rosset is 6-7.
But the Australian had to rally from a 5-2 deficit in the tiebreaker to take the match.
``I didn’t play great tennis today, but I thought when I needed to, I played some good tennis, some solid tennis,″ Philippoussis said. ``I fought really hard.″
Philippoussis, currently ranked 29th in the world, jumped 275 positions on the ATP Tour rankings in ’95 to finish the year at No. 32. He averaged 11 aces per match, setting a three-set record with 44.
In other second-round play Wednesday, Daniel Vacek of the Czech Republic beat Stoltenberg 5-7, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (13-11); Petr Korda of the Czech Republic downed Clavet 6-3, 6-4, and Australian Patrick Rafter dispatched Berasategui 6-1, 6-2.
No. 4 Wayne Ferreira of Australia stopped Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-3; No. 6 Washington defeated Spain’s Alex Corretja 6-4, 6-2; No. 7 Todd Martin of the U.S. dispatched Italy’s Renzo Furlan 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, and No. 9 Cedric Pioline beat fellow Frenchman Gregory Corraz 7-6 (7-1), 6-4.
Unseeded American Alex O’Brien, one of the hottest players on the tour, kept his winning streak alive with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 victory over Zimbabwe’s Byron Black, a former U.S. college rival. O’Brien starred at Stanford while Black played at Southern Cal.
Australian Todd Woodbridge survived a second-set letdown to defeat Sebastien Lareau, the top-ranked Canadian singles player, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
Popular Briton Tim Henman advanced to the third round when American oppponent Chris Woodruff withdrew due to a leg strain.