Blake Beats Federer, Williams Sisters Bow Out Early

Not surprisingly, James Blake is thrilled after he beats Roger Federer for the first time in his career. Blake had been 0-8 against Federer. . . .
Not surprisingly, James Blake is thrilled after he beats Roger Federer for the first time in his career. Blake had been 0-8 against Federer. . . . (By Charles Krupa -- Associated Press)
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Friday, August 15, 2008

Roger Federer's long slump continued and the bid for his first Olympic singles medal ended yesterday when he lost to American James Blake, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).

So began an upset parade in the quarterfinals. Serena Williams lost to Russia's Elena Dementieva, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, and as the clock approached midnight, Venus Williams was beaten by Li Na of China, 7-5, 7-5.

Matches were delayed 3 hours 35 minutes at the start because of rain. With four matches still in progress and top-ranked Jelena Jankovic about to begin against Dinara Safina, rain forced a halt until today.

No. 2 Rafael Nadal beat the rain and Jurgen Melzer, 6-0, 6-4, in a match that ended at 1:08 a.m. Nadal's semifinal opponent will be No. 3 Novak Djokovic, who rallied to defeat Gael Monfils, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Top-seeded Mike and Bob Bryan of the United States won their quarterfinal match in doubles against Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione of Australia, 6-4, 6-3.

Blake's semifinal opponent will be No. 12 Fernando González of Chile, who defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu of France, 6-4, 6-4.

· WRESTLING: Aslanbek Khushtov won Russia's third Greco-Roman wrestling gold medal of the Games, turning big throws in each of the two periods into a decisive victory over Mirko Englich of Germany at 96 kilograms.

The 96 kg bronzes were won by Adam Wheeler, the only one of the six Americans to win a Greco medal, and Asset Mambetov of Kazakhstan. Wheeler defeated Han Tae-Young of South Korea 3-1, 4-1, keyed by a two-point reversal in the second period.

Wheeler's medal prevented the U.S. Greco team -- last year's world team champions -- from being shut out in the Olympics for the first time since 1988. . . .

Khasan Baroev took the Olympic gold medal in 2004 in Athens. This time, it was Mijain Lopez's turn.

Lopez tossed Baroev for a five-point move in the first period of the 120-kg final, then won the second and decisive period 1-1 on a tiebreaker.

The last heavyweight to win a world title not named Lopez or Baroev is Dremiel Byers, the U.S. Army sergeant who lost, 0-3, 1-1, 1-1, to Jaimar Sjoberg of Sweden in the quarterfinals. . . .

Andrea Minguzzi became Italy's first Olympic wrestling champion in 20 years by defeating Zoltan Fodor of Hungary in the 84-kg final.

The bronze medals were won by Nazmi Avluca of Turkey and Sweden's Ara Abrahamian, the silver medalist in Athens who dropped a disputed decision to Minguzzi in the semifinals.

During the medal ceremony, Abrahamian took the bronze from around his neck and, in disgust, dropped it on the mat as he walked away.

The IOC said today it had opened a disciplinary investigation into Abrahamian's actions. It was unclear what type of punishment Abrahamian could face.

· VOLLEYBALL: The U.S. men's team stayed undefeated with a 3-1 victory over Bulgaria and ensure a spot in the quarterfinals. The United States was cold at the start but took the next two sets and held off Bulgaria in the end, 27-29, 25-21, 25-14 26-24 in pool play.

· SHOOTING: Artur Ayvazian of Ukraine has won the gold medal in the men's 50-meter prone rifle, holding off American Matt Emmons in the final round. Emmons won the silver, and Warren Potent of Australia took the bronze.

· WEIGHTLIFTING: Kendrick Farris set two U.S. records in the men's 85kg division, hoisting a total of 362 kilograms (798.1 pounds) to leave him in contention for a medal ahead of today's final session.

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