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Sacramento Challenger Provides Top-Notch Tennis



October 08, 2011
RelyAid Natomas Racquet Club Challenger

Sacramento, CA., October 8, 2011

Sacramento is hosting some major league players in the $100,000 RelyAid Natomas Racquet Club Challenger. James Blake (USA), Ivo Karlovic (CRO) and Sam Querrey (USA) lead the field into the semifinals.

Blake defeated Jack Sock (USA) 64 62 as the veteran Blake hammered away at the hard hitting Sock. In the first set tied at 5-4, Sock had his chance, but was unable to convert a break point to bring the match even. It was the only break point chance Blake allowed in the match.

In the upset of the day, as Alex Kuznetsov (USA) defeated Bobby Reynolds (USA) 76(0) 63. Kuznetsov's first serve percentage was 74% and he converted 3 of 6 break points,

Ivo Karlovic(CRO) pulled out another win as his serve delivered 17 aces. He defeated Thiemo De Bakker(NED) 64,76(2).

The #3 seed, Sam Querrey USA), on the road to recovery from an right arm in jury and several surgeries, celebrated his birthday winning a close match 75, 76(9) over Uladzmir Ignatik (BLR).

In the Semifinals, Blake will face Kuznetsov while Querrey will be challenged by Karlovic.

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