Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin and Andy Roddick advanced to the quarterfinals of the $2.45 million (Ђ2.01 million) Cincinnati Masters with victories Thursday.
Hewitt and Safin had an easier time than Roddick. Hewitt, the third-seeded player from Australia, beat Mario Ancic of Croatia 6-1, 6-4. Fourth-seeded Russian Safin beat Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia 6-0, 6-3. No. 5 Roddick took Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 7-6 (4), 6-2, again unleashing his big serve to win a tiebreaker.
Friday's quarterfinal matchups include Safin vs. Ginepri; Davydenko vs. Hewitt, and Roddick vs. Youzhny, reported AP.
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea