The big junior news of the day comes from Knoxville, Tenn., where 16-year-old Filip Krajinovic of Serbia has reached the semifinals of the $50,000 Pro Circuit event. After winning three qualifying matches, the Bollettieri student took out No. 3 seed Robert Kendrick, who has an ATP ranking of 84, in the first round, then followed up that win with two more, yesterday beating unranked Brian Battistone and today taking out Alex Kuznetsov. With all three of his main draw matches going three sets, Krajinovic may be wearing down (he is by no means physically mature) but his next opponent, No. 2 seed Bobby Reynolds, has been around long enough to know that a confident young player with nothing to lose will always be dangerous. Not much detail, but Nick Bollettieri's blog is following Krajinovic's progress.
The Knoxville News focused their coverage this morning on today's match between longtime doubles partners and friends Rajeev Ram and Reynolds, which was won, of course, by Reynolds. Reporter Dave Link also talks with Michael Russell about his win over top seed Vince Spadea.
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Thursday, November 20, 2008