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Unheralded Manta stuns Krajicek

WIMBLEDON, England -- Lorenzo Manta came into Wimbledon with a record of 0-11 in ATP Tour, Davis Cup and Grand Slam events.

Don't tell that to 1996 champion Richard Krajicek.The fifth-seeded Krajicek, playing on the so-called "Graveyard of Champions" -- Wimbledon's Court 2 -- fell to the 196th-ranked Manta 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 4-6, 6-4 in Saturday's third round.

"There was a point (two years ago) I was thinking about retiring, but I always felt I could do better than this," Manta said. "It's nice that it happened in Wimbledon."

Manta, 24, has battled shoulder, elbow and hand injuries the last two years. In February his hand went numb.

"I had no blood circulation in my fingers, so I couldn't hold my racket anymore," he said. "After two weeks it was OK again."

It's been that kind of career -- until this week -- for Manta, who plays Gustavo Kuerten in the round of 16.

Krajicek was almost matter-of-fact about the loss.

"He's just had a great tournament and it's just disappointing that I started off very poorly," he said. "The last couple of games he returned unbelievable."

AUSSIE, AUSSIE: Australian Jelena Dokic, who shocked Martina Hingis in the first round, reached the fourth round by beating Anne Kremer 6-7 (6-7), 6-3, 6-4 Saturday. And she can see herself getting by Mary Pierce in the next match. "Once it gets to the last 16, last eight, anything can happen and anybody can be there and go to the semis and the final," said the Belgrade-born 16-year-old.

Another new-name Aussie also reached the fourth round, as qualifier Wayne Arthurs, 28, beat Tommy Haas 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2). Arthurs will face French Open champion Andre Agassi in the round of 16.

"I refuse to be broken. It's my goal," he said.

"The surface makes everything even out there. If I'm serving well, I can go with probably most guys out there."

DEFENSE ON TRACK: Two weeks ago, defending Wimbledon titlist Jana Novotna had serious doubts because of an ankle injury. On Saturday, the fifth-ranked Novotna cruised into the fourth round with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Maria Antonia Sanchez Lorenzo.

"I wasn't really sure if I'm going to be here. So everything that I do here at Wimbledon for me is a bonus," Novotna said. "And, again, when I step on the court again I will play and fight for every ball."

Novotna, who won the singles and doubles championship last year, said the pressure was on her rivals.

"I feel relaxed, and I feel that the pressure is now on somebody else, not on me, which is very pleasant," she said.

"I have won my first Grand Slam, and now I can just focus on playing and winning maybe another one."

NET MATES: Former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport doesn't have time to spend on the phone talking to prospective doubles partners, so she surfs the internet.

"I go online a lot -- there are so many players on tour and it's hard to call and much easier to e-mail them. My last two doubles partners, Mary Pierce and Corina Morariu, I both got by the computer," the third-seeded Davenport said.

"Hopefully it's a good luck thing."

Davenport has won 24 doubles titles in her career, including the U.S. and French opens, and has been a finalist at every Grand Slam venue.

RIPOFF MERCHANTS: Plain-clothes police officers will try to combat ticket scalpers, a yearly project at Wimbledon. Tickets for the final with a face value of 60 pounds ($95) have reportedly gone on the black market for 2,000 pounds ($3,160).