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SAFIN LEAVES RUSSIA ANGRY

Marat Safin lost his temper and his quarterfinal at the St. Petersburg Open, getting surprised by seventh-seeded Michael Llodra, 6-4, 6-1, after protesting a line call.

The top-seeded Safin wasted two break points at 4-4 in first set. At deuce, chair umpire Carlos Bernardos was unable to rule on a shot by Llodra and ordered the point to be replayed.

Safin started arguing, insisting that the ball was out and that it had left a mark on the court. The point was replayed, and Llodra wound up holding serve to lead 5-4. In the second set, Safin continued to argue with Bernardos, and his level of play dropped. Llodra broke him at love in the fourth game and then held for 4-1.

Safin refused to shake hands with Bernardos after the match.

In today's semifinals, Llodra will face Karol Beck, who eliminated Cyril Saulnier, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Fourth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny plays Greg Rusedski. Youzhny beat Julien Benneteau of France, 6-0, 6-1, while Rusedski defeated Ivo Karlovic, 6-4, 7-6 (7).

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