CHENNAI:Former champion, Carlos Moya of Spain got past Florent Serra of France 6-3 6-4 to move to the semifinals of the Chennai Open ATP Tennis Championship.
In a doubles quarterfinal match on the outside court, Indian American, Rajeev Ram, ranked 65 in doubles in the world, partnered Herel Levy of Israel to set up a semifinal clash against Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus) and Marc Gicquel (France), while in a late night match yesterday, Pakistani number one, Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi and Marin Cilic of Crotia scored an upset win over second seed Jaroslav (Cze) and Michal Mertinak (Svk) 6-1 7-5 and the winners take on Thai cousins, Sanchai and Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana in the semi finals tomorrow.
Ram and Levy got the better off Igor Kunitsyn (Russia) and Jim Thomas 3-6 6-3 10-6.
With intermittent drizzles due to squally weather conditions since last night, the organisers had a tough time starting the match on schedule but Moya went on his job on had with business like approach.
Twenty minutes of late start did not deter his focus against 92nd ranked Serra since leading 3-1 with a fourth game break and then 4-2 and 5-3. Moya started with a break in the very first game in the second set and then the match went on serves.
Serra, who had a career high ranking of 36 in June 2006 was visibly upset over few line calls against him in both the sets.
The French never regained his concentration in the whole match.
The French, who progressed to the quarterfinals with two tough wins over Ivan Navarro (Spain) 6-4 7-6(6) and Kristof Vliegen (Bel) 7-5 4-6 7-6(3) never showed any consistency in his fluent winners but some of his forehand deep returns went unanswered by the Spaniard.
Moya kept his cool concentrating on just returning the ball as he need just two games in the first set to study his rival, who invariably tried to advance to the net for placements following rallies.
The Spaniard always showed his authority in sending down eight aces against none in the match but also committed ten unforced errors as against 25 by Serra. The other highlight of the match was the French saving two set points in the first set and one in the second.