Kuerten Overpowers Kafelnikov, Ferrero Stuns Corretja

Published June 7th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten overpowered Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a five-set encounter, Tuesday to reach the semifinals of the men's single at the French Open. 

The three-hour match featured 14 aces by Kuerten, who has now booked a semifinal against 16th-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero, who shocked 10th-seeded fellow Spaniard and former finalist Alex Corretja 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in 2hr 23min. 

"It was a tough match. He was playing deep and hit a lot of lines, but I kept fighting," Kuerten said. 

Ferrero, a 20-year-old playing only his third Grand Slam event, is aiming to emulate Sweden's Mats Wilander, the only player to win the tournament on his French Open debut. 



Fifth-seeded Spaniard Conchita Martinez, swatted yet another Spaniard, 17-year-old qualifier Marta Marrero, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 in 1hr 44min to face another Spanish opponent Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in the semifinals of the French Open. 

"It was a very tough match," Martinez said. "And it was hard for me because I'd never played her before. Once I got used to her game I felt more comfortable" - (Several Sources)

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