Just 10 days before the start of Wimbledon, Mark Woodforde detects a lack of motivation in Pete Sampras' game.
But Sampras, beaten by the Australian 6-3, 6-2 in a third-round match Friday on grass at the Queen's Club, begs to differ.Friday's defeat was the latest surprising loss for the four-time and defending Wimbledon champion. He has struggled most of the year and was ousted in the second round of the French Open by little-known Ramon Delgado of Paraguay.
Meanwhile, No. 2 seed Greg Rusedski of Britain injured an an ankle during his third-round match against Italian qualifier Laurence Tieleman.
A doctor and a trainer agreed that U.S. Open runner-up Rusedski - ranked No. 4 in the world - was not likely to be ready for Wimbledon.
Woodforde later reached Saturday's semifinals with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 quarterfinal win over Thomas Enqvist of Sweden, seeded No. 8.
Also in the quarterfinals, 14th-seeded Byron Black of Zimbabwe defeated Brian MacPhie of the United States 7-5, 6-1, and Australian Scott Draper defeated Doug Flach of the United States 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-5).
Tieleman ended Britain's hopes in the tournament, beating No. 7 seed Tim Henman 2-6, 7-6 (7-9), 6-4.
WEBER OPEN: Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the defending champion, was the only seeded player left at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, Friday after beating Magnus Norman 7-6 (7-1), 6-2.
Kafelnikov, the second seed, reached the semifinals by defeating the eighth-seeded Swede in just over an hour as unusual cold continued to plague the $875,000 grass court event.
Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands, the third seed, struggled with his returns and lost to Sweden's Magnus Larsson 6-4, 6-2.
Krajicek, the 1996 Wimbledon champion, became the latest victim after upsets had already claimed this year's Australian Open champion, Petr Korda, and the winner of the French Open, Spain's Carlos Moya.
Kafelnikov, who also reached the final two years ago, faces Thomas Johansson in Saturday's semifinals after the Swede ended the upset run of Germany's Hendrik Dreekmann.