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Brown bows out in SA quarter-finals

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP):JAMAICA'S Dustin Brown's encouraging run at the South Africa Open tennis championship came to an end at the quarter-finals yesterday, when he was beaten by Frenchman Stephane Robert.

Brown, who had impressed with wins in the first three rounds, put up a brave fight - losing a first set tie-break 7-6 (5) - against Robert, who went on the win the deciding set 6-3.

"It helps to have a big serve when you're playing at altitude which is the case here in Johannesburg; and I don't have the biggest of serves," Robert said. "So my strategy these past few days has been to work hard on perfecting my returns of serve and I've done that pretty good, beating three guys now with cannonball serves."

Robert will face second-seeded David Ferrer of Spain, who advanced by beating India's Somdev Devvarman 6-1, 6-3 in 64 minutes.

"I did play very well," Ferrer said. "Last year I lost in the semi-finals here but hopefully this time I can get to the final."