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Taiwan`s Lu makes history by reaching fourth round

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Update: 2010-06-25 14:07:54

LONDON: Lu Yen-Hsun became the first Taiwanese man to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam when his third round opponent Florian Mayer retired during the third set here at Wimbledon on Friday.


Lu had taken the first two sets 6-4 and was a break up at 2-1 in the third when Mayer withdrew with an injury.


His victory equalled the feat of Taiwanese woman Hsieh Su-Wei, who reached the fourth round at the 2008 Australian Open.


Lu is also the first Asian to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon since Thailand`s Paradorn Srichaphan in 2003.


The 26-year-old broke Mayer`s serve in the ninth game of the first and second sets and successfully held his own serve on both occasions to take the initiative.
Lu`s previous best efforts at Wimbledon came when he reached the second round in 2004 and 2005. He had also reached the third round of the Australian Open in 2009.


BDST: 2321hrs, June 25, 2010
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