Yet another week of grass court tennis is well under way and yet again 29-yr old Xavier Malisse has hit his way into his second consecutive quarterfinal appearance. Malisse, a resident of Sara Sota and a superstar at the IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program, defeated Daniel Brands of Germany in a three set thriller. Unlike his relatively smooth straight set first round win over Rajeev Ram, Malisse was forced to gut out two straight sets after dropping the first to Brands. His gritty performance in the third set gave him the victory with a final score of 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.
Xavier will need to continue his form into the next round as he faces Colombia's best Alejandro Falla. Falla, ranked just ten spots ahead of Malisse at 65 in the ATP Rankings, has had a tough run to the quarterfinals as he took out the #1 seed Ivan Ljubicic. With the graceful grass court movement of Malisse on full display in the past two weeks, he will likely be the favorite in that quarterfinal match-up against Falla. Stay tuned as Xavier Malisse gets one step closer to capturing the title!
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