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KAVARNA---Ian Poulter was eliminated from the
World Match Play Championship after losing anoth-
er round-robin match yesterday.
Poulter lost to Thomas Aiken 1 up at the Thracian
Cliffs course, bogeying the last hole after missing
"I have no excuses," Poulter said. "There is no
excuse for that display of golf over the last two days.
It s disgusting, disgraceful and there s no explanation.
I should have been able to finish the match off."
Poulter lost to Thongchai Jaidee on Thursday. Yes-
terday morning, Jaidee beat Aiken 1 up.
Jaidee is one of only four players to win both early
matches, joining Francesco Molinari, Gonzalo Fer-
nandez-Castano and Scott Jamieson. Fernandez-
Castano beat Jamie Donaldson on Friday and then
defeated Brett Rumford 3 and 2. Rumford won his
opening match earlier in the day, beating Jamie Don-
aldson 5 and 3 Friday.
Richard Sterne also ensured his advancement by
defeating former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy
5 and 4, while defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts
recovered from his first round loss, beating Kiradeck
Aphibarnrat 3 and 2. (AP)
Poulter eliminated from
World Match Play
ROME---Novak Djokovic can t seem to find any
consistency on clay courts. And with the French
Open less than 10 days away, he will enter Roland
Garros on the back of two early defeats.
The top-ranked Serb wasted a chance to serve out
the match and was beaten 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 by sixth-
seeded Tomas Berdych in the Italian Open quarter-
In the semifinals, Berdych will face six-time Rome
champion Rafael Nadal, who defeated fellow Spaniard
David Ferrer 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. While he struggled at
times, Nadal appeared sharper than in his three-set
win over Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis a day ear-
lier.In the other half of the draw, Roger Federer over-
came an early break in the second set to edge rising
Polish player Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 7-6 (2) in a night
match at the Foro Italico.
Attempting to win this tournament for the first
time, Federer s next opponent will be Benoit Paire.
The 36th-ranked Frenchman routed Marcel Granollers
of Spain 6-1, 6-0 to reach his first Masters series
In the women s tournament, top-ranked Serena
Williams rolled past Spanish opponent Carla Suarez
Navarro 6-2, 6-0 to extend her winning run to a
career-best 22 matches. Williams will next face
Romanian qualifier Simona Halep, who rallied past
two-time Rome champion Jelena Jankovic 4-6, 6-
Meanwhile, two-time defending champion Maria
Sharapova withdrew before her quarterfinal against
seventh-seeded Sara Errani due to illness. Errani, the
first Italian semifinalist in this tournament since Raf-
faella Reggi won the 1985 event in Taranto, will face
third-seeded Victoria Azarenka, who held off ninth-
seeded Sam Stosur 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.
It s the second consecutive week that Djokovic has
struggled, having also lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the
second round of the Madrid Open after being bothered
by a right ankle injury.
Djokovic said he had been playing pain free this
week. Still, he will need to get his game in shape in
a hurry with the French Open, the year s second
Grand Slam, starting May 26.
Djokovic served for the match at 5-3 in the second
set, but Berdych ripped a backhand winner that
landed on the line on his first break point and won
the final four games of the set.
It s the first time Berdych has reached the semifinals
in eight appearances in Rome, having been eliminated
four times in the quarters.
The tall Czech took control of the match with his
big first serve, and by coming forward to angle shots
into the corners to set up easy volleys. Djokovic had
trouble returning Berdych s first serve and also com-
plained about the court s surface early on.
In the third set, Berdych went ahead with an early
break and then shook off some nerves to close the
match out on his fourth match point with a big serve
out wide that Djokovic could barely get his racket
on.As overcast skies gave way to sunshine, the court
dried out, favouring Berdych s power game.
It was only Berdych s second win in 15 career meet-
ings with Djokovic, with his only previous victory
coming in the 2010 Wimbledon semifinals.
It was also only Berdych s fourth win versus a top-
ranked player in 20 attempts, with all three previous
wins coming against Federer. (AP)
Top-ranked Djokovic beaten by Berdych
Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych
returns the ball to Serbia's Novak
Djokovic during their match at
the Italian Open tennis tourna-
ment in Rome, yesterday. Berdych
won 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. AP PHOTO
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