Two-time defending champion Paradorn Srichaphan rallied for a 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 victory over Joachim Johansson yesterday to reach the semifinals of the TD Waterhouse Cup in Commack, N.Y.
The victory avenged Srichaphan's 6-2, 6-3 loss to Johansson in the Athens Olympics.
Srichaphan is one of the two-time champions in the tournament, joining Yevgeny Kafelnikov (1994-95) and Magnus Norman (1999-2000).
The 25-year old Srichaphan will play Luis Horna in the semifinals. Horna, 23 and with no titles in his seven years on the ATP Tour, beat Nikolay Davydenko, 6-4, 6-7 (7-2), 6-4.
"I tried to stay positive after I lost the first set," said Srichaphan, "and I told myself to just hit good shots and that I'd win. . . . one point at a time.
"This is my house and I love to play here," he said. "It's nice to be on center court. It was hard to get a rally going against someone with such a big serve."
Lleyton Hewitt overcame a loss in the first set and beat Juan Ignacio Chela 6-7 (8-6), 6-1, 6-2. The former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion will face Dmitry Tursunov, a 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 winner over Jurgen Melzer, in the other semifinal. . . .
Nathalie Dechy advanced to the final of the Pilot Pen tournament in New Haven, Conn., using quick, accurate play to beat Lisa Raymond, 6-4, 6-0.
The eighth-seeded Dechy will face doubles partner and seventh-seeded Elena Bovina in today's championship. Each has won a match against the other this year.
Bovina used her big serve to overpower fellow Russian Elena Dementieva, 6-1, 6-1.
Dechy, of France, took the lead with a break in the first game and moved ahead as Raymond's forehands landed in the net or off the court. Raymond rallied by winning three straight games, punctuated with a break at 5-2 with a winning forehand down the sideline.
Dechy took the set in the 10th game when Raymond's backhand slice, usually so effective, betrayed her repeatedly.
"She's playing well, and I think I just came out a little too flat tonight," Raymond said.
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