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Muller shocks Nalbandian

TOKYO, OCT. 7. Gilles Muller of Luxembourg upset second-seeded David Nalbandian of Argentina, 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4 on Thursday to book his berth at the Japan Open quarterfinals.

Top seeded Lleyton Hewitt also advanced after rallying from a first set loss to defeat Japan's Takao Suzuki, 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-4.

Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova had little trouble overcoming France's Youlia Fedossova 6-3, 6-4 to book her place in the women's semifinals.

Muller will face Taylor Dent in the quarterfinals after the American beat Lee Hyung-taik of South Korea 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-3.

Hewitt next meets Cyril Saulnier in the final eight after the Frenchman defeated Sweden's Thomas Johansson 6-7(6), 7-6(3), 7-6(5).

Tanasugarn through

The top-seeded and defending champion Sharapova will face Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn in the semifinals.

Tamarine was a 6-1, 3-0 winner over Hungary's Aniko Kapros, who retired in the second set with a strained right thigh.

The results:

At Tokyo (Japan Open): Men: Pre-quarterfinals: Gilles Muller bt David Nalbandian 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4; Lleyton Hewitt bt Takao Suzuki 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-4; Taylor Dent bt Lee Hyung-taik 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-3; Cyril Saulnier bt Thomas Johansson 6-7(6), 7-6(3), 7-6(5); Paradorn Srichaphan bt Marco Chiudinelli 6-3, 4-1 (retd.); Jiri Novak bt Ricardo Mello 6-1, 6-2; Bjorn Phau bt Jan-Michael Gambill 7-6(1), 2-6, 6-2; Bohdan Ulihrach bt Michael Kohlmann 6-4, 6-2. Second round: Bjorn Phau bt Andrei Pavel 6-2, 6-1; Paradorn Srichaphan bt Harel Levy 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-4; Jiri Novak bt Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5, 6-2; Michael Kohlmann bt Guillermo Canas 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-3; Ricardo Mello bt Flavio Saretta 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(5); Marco Chiudinelli bt Dennis Van Scheppingen 6-4, 7-6(3); Bohdan Ulihrach bt Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 7-6(5); Jan-Michael Gambill bt Takao Terachi 7-6(5), 6-1. Women: Quarterfinals: Maria Sharapova bt Youlia Fedossova 6-3, 6-4; Tamarine Tanasugarn bt Aniko Kapros 6-1, 3-0 (retd.); Mashona Washington bt Evgenia Linetskaya 6-2, 6-1; Klara Koukalova bt Nicole Vaidisova 6-3, 6-0.

At Lyon (Lyon Open): Second round: Jonas Bjorkman bt Max Mirnyi 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 6-4; Xavier Malisse bt Radek Stepanek 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-0.

At Filderstadt (Porsche Grand Prix): Second round: Amelie Mauresmo bt Patty Schnyder 7-5, 6-4; Fabiola Zuluaga bt Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi 6-4, 1-0 (retd.); Anastasia Myskina bt Nathalie Dechy 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. First round: Jelena Jankovic bt Nadia Petrova 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3); Lindsay Davenport bt Alicia Molik 6-1, 6-0. — AP