Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Washington Overcomes Errors, Ousts Wilander

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Washington Overcomes Errors, Ousts Wilander

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MaliVai Washington reached his first Grand Slam tournament quarterfinal by outlasting Mats Wilander in five error-filled sets Monday at the Australian Open.

Washington overcame early sloppiness and rallied to win 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-1 in a center-court battle of attrition that lasted exactly four hours.

"I think I was up and down throughout the match," Washington said. "There were times, especially in the two tie-breakers, where I was making a lot of errors. It's satisfying to be able to grind through a match like that."

His quarterfinal opponent will be fellow American Todd Martin, whose tennis nearly wilted in the 102-degree afternoon heat. By the time Washington defeated Wilander, the evening temperature had fallen to 66 degrees.

Martin's feet were burning, his nose was bleeding, and - with his opponent leading by a set and winning 5-2 in the second set - he knew his time was running out.

"I knew if I lost that set, I'd probably be done," said Martin, who fought back to win the set in a tie-breaker and defeat Xavier Daufresne in four sets. …

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