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Michael Russell in Newport semis

Updated: July 11, 2013, 7:55 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Michael Russell let a lead slip away in the second set and fell behind early in the deciding tiebreaker. That didn't matter when he had the crowd cheering behind him.

Russell advanced to the semifinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Thursday by outlasting No. 3 seed Igor Sijsling of The Netherlands 7-6 (3), 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5) in the highlight match of the week so far.

The 35-year old Russell lost the first three points of the third-set tiebreaker ...

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