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Sampras sharp in victory over Llodra

June 15, 2000

LONDON - Pete Sampras advanced to the quarterfinals of the Queen's Club tournament Thursday, beating Michael Llodra of France 6-1, 7-6 (2). The six-time Wimbledon champion looked much sharper than in his first match, when he struggled to defeat Britain's Arvind Parmar in three sets.

Sampras gave up only three points on his serve in the opening set, while allowing Llodra only six points on his.

"From the first game on, I was on top of him, and in the second he was playing a little too good to break and I played a good (tie)breaker," Sampras said. "I felt much more comfortable than I did a couple of days ago."

Sampras next faces little-known American Bob Bryan, who followed up his win over Britain's Tim Henman with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 victory over Max Mirnyi of Belarus.

In other matches, fourth-seeded Cedric Pioline beat Justin Gimelstob 6-4, 7-5; No. 6 Lleyton Hewitt defeated Goran Ivanisevic 6-4, 6-4; No. 7 Marat Safin rallied to beat No. 9 Greg Rusedski 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4; Andrei Pavel downed Kucera 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-5; and Davide Sanguinetti topped Daniel Nestor 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.








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