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Amritraj ends Bopanna's run

Last updated on: July 11, 2008 20:09 IST

Rohan Bopanna's dream run at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships came to an end when he was handed a straight sets defeat by Prakash Amritraj, in an all-Indian quarter-final, at the US $385,000 event in Newport, United States.

Qualifier Bopanna went down 4-6, 3-6 to his wildcard Davis Cup teammate and wound up a singles campaign that saw him record one of the most memorable victories of his career -- a stunning straight sets triumph over top seeded American Mardy Fish in the second round.

Amritraj will take on Canadian Frank Dancevi in the semi-final after the seventh seed upset fourth seed Russia's Igor Kunitsyn 7-5, 6-3 in another quarter-final.

Bopanna and Amritraj, however, could once again face each other, albeit in the doubles competition.

Seeded fourth, Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi advanced to the semi-finals after beating South African Kevin Anderson and American James Cerretanu 7-6 (4), 3-6, 10-7.

Bopanna and Qureshi are next up against the winners of the match between wildcards Amritraj and Luxumberg's Gilles Muller and Rik De Voest (South Africa) and Ashley Fisher (Australia).

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