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Old 01-08-2003, 07:24 PM   #16
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There you see the Blue... That i think is green...
Well, whatever.
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Old 01-09-2003, 10:52 PM   #17
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Rain strykes again to delay Guga´s match
Jan 09, 8:51pm
Auckland - The rain, which had already interrupted the match between Gustavo Kuerten and Michael Russell four times last night, keeps on freaking out the tournament organizers. The round of play to happen this Thursday night (Friday in Auckland), that should start at 8 pm Brazil time, had neither started yet, one hour later.

Guga and Russell, that fight for a spot in the quarterfinals, are tied on 4/6 6/4. By the time of the last rain delay, the american qualifier served 0-30 in the first game of the last set.

The winner of this match, sort of a replay of 2001 Roland Garros round-of-16 which the brazilian won in the fifth set after saving a match point, should face Guillermo Coria, who beat spaniard Fernando Vicente last night, later today.
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if it rains all day, maybe they will cancell the tournament.... there's no way Guga will play 4 matches in one day! lol.. do you know when the rain will stop???
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It stopped, for what they said...
They are drying the court. If it doesnt rain again, they will play in about 20 minutes.

*RAIN DANCE*
Go away!!!!!! Rain SUCKS!
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I'm ready!!! GO GUGA, please win!!!

p.s. where will you post the live scores???
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this has to be a rain record....

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There have been other tournaments that just weren't concluded because of the rain. It will probably happen here. Oh well. God hates Guga... wait, Guga is God. N/m.
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Kuerten advances as rain continues at Heineken Open

January 10, 2003

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- Former world No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten beat American qualifier Michael Russell 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Friday in a second-round match played over three days because of rain at the Heineken Open.

Fourth-seeded Kuerten was forced indoors to finish the match, which was due to begin Wednesday when rain began to exert its influence over the troubled tournament.

All of Wednesday's matches were lost to rain and only six of eight second-round games were completed Thursday before showers again intervened.

Kuerten's was one of two matches left in limbo Thursday, tied one set apiece, when he and Russell were finally driven from the court.

The match resumed outdoors Friday, and Kuerten won three straight games to lead 3-0 in the third set before heavy and persistent rain forced a further delay.

Organizers, facing a mounting backlog, decided late afternoon to move incomplete matches indoors.

Stefan Koubek, winner of last week's Qatar Open, quickly wrapped up his second-round match against Raemon Sluiter of the Netherlands 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Koubek, who dropped a set for the first time in seven matches this season, led 6-3, 0-1 when rain stopped play Thursday.

Kuerten took longer to wrap up his match with Russell, a troublesome opponent who took him to five long sets in the fourth round of 2001 French Open.

Kuerten won that match two years ago and went on to claim his third French title.

Organizers will attempt to complete all quarterfinal and semifinal matches Saturday and will make use of a reserve day Sunday to play the final.
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Congrats to Gus! He now plays baby Guillermo Coria!! I love them both. But Go Guga of course!
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Kuerten, Koubek Reach Quarterfinals at Last


Friday the Heineken Open was hit by rain again, and the two remaining second round singles matches had to be moved indoors.

No. 4 seed Gustavo Kuerten defeated American qualifier Michael Russell 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to book a place in the Auckland quarterfinals, where he will face Argentina's Guillermo Coria, who turns 21 on Monday.

Stefan Koubek, the current leader of the Champions Race, scored a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over Dutchman Raemon Sluiter. The Austrian's quarterfinal opponent is Mariano Zabaleta of Argentina. This will be their third encounter, and Zabaleta won their most recent match in St. Petersburg last year.

The Auckland quarter- and semifinals are scheduled to be played on Saturday.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Koubek: "For me it's not so hard, because I came from Doha and there is a 10 hour time difference so this helps me to get used to the time here."

(About playing indoors today) "Of course it is a little different but after waiting for two days it is nice to play, no matter if it is indoors or outdoors. I was just happy to play so at least you know if you are going to be in the quarterfinals or not."

(About the start of his season) "It couldn't be much better. I won Doha. I took November off and didn't do anything for four weeks, and then I started to practice really hard, and after four or five weeks of practice I won an exhibition tournament in Austria and that also gave me a little confidence. I then came to Doha and started to play well and win one or two matches, and I got confident and suddenly I'm in the final."

Kuerten: "Now we've lost the doubles. the weather is a pity, we could have won and gone to the final. We had the chances and we lost because of our mistakes. It would be good to have a final and a trophy at the beginning of the year."

"Tomorrow is another day I need to be very well prepared and go with all my power into this match because I don't have the doubles any more."

SATURDAY'S PREVIEW

Saturday, which was supposed to have been the day for the singles and doubles finals will instead see quarter- and semifinal action.

In the first quarterfinal on the stadium court, No. 7 seed Guillermo Coria meets fourth seed Gustavo Kuerten for a spot in the Heineken Open semifinals. Kuerten has a 3-0 record in their previous encounters, and the Argentine has so far only won one set against the Brazilian. Both players compete in Auckland for the first time in their careers.

Top seed Jiri Novak takes on Spaniard Felix Mantilla. The Czech won in Auckland in 1996 and made it to the semifinals in 1997 and 2002. Mantilla has two semifinal appearances at the Heineken Open, in 1998 and 1999, and lost to the Czech in the quarterfinals last year. Novak has had comfortable wins against the Spaniard in their past three encounters.

David Ferrer of Spain meets the 2001 Heineken Open champion Dominik Hrbaty. Last year the Slovak encountered an opening round loss against Belgian qualifier Gilles Elseneer. 20-year-old Ferrer plays in Auckland for the first time.

Last week's Doha champion Stefan Koubek takes on Argentina's Mariano Zabaleta for a place among the final four. The 26-year-old Austrian lost to Greg Rusedski in the Auckland quarterfinals two years ago. In 1999 Zabaleta fell to local favorite Brett Steven in the quarterfinals.
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*sign* Finally, they get the match finished. They should move to indoor earlier but it did work out OK for Guga.

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Kuerten finally through

Gustavo Kuerten had to move indoors to finally win his stop-start second round clash with American Michael Russell 4-6 6-4 6-2 in the rain-interrupted Auckland Open late on Friday.

The fourth-seeded Brazilian meets Argentina's Guillermo Coria, the number seven seed, in an all-South American quarter-final on Saturday.

The match, held up on Thursday with the players locked at one set all, resumed on Friday morning and Kuerten won the first nine points to take a 3-0 lead in the final set when the rain came down again.

That was all the play possible on the Stanley Street courts as the rain that pounded Auckland all day made them unplayable.

The third attempt to complete the match was indoors where Kuerten finally finished off his opponent.

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Guga's in the semis!!!!

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Kuerten makes semifinals at rain-delayed Heineken Open

January 10, 2003

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Ticker) - Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil has a long way to go if he wants to equal his title haul of last year.

The fourth-seeded Kuerten outlasted Argentine seventh seed Guillermo Coria, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, on Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the $347,000 Heineken Open.

Rain interrupted play on all but one day of this hardcourt event. Kuerten, a former world No. 1, still has to post two more victories to win the title in his Auckland debut.

The lone seeded player remaining, Kuerten will meet another Argentine, Mariano Zabaleta, later Saturday for a place in Sunday's final.

Last season, Kuerten endured an injury-riddled campaign and finished outside of the top 10 for the first time since 1998. The three-time French Open champion managed to capture his 17th career ATP crown in September at the Brasil Open.

Zabaleta rolled into the last four with a 6-2, 6-1 rout of Stefan Koubek of Austria, who won his third career title last week at the Qatar Open.

The other semifinal pits Spain's Felix Mantilla against Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty.

Mantilla rallied to oust top seed Jiri Novak, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3). The Czech won in Auckland in 1996 and made it to the semifinals in 1997 and 2002.

Hrbaty, the 2001 Auckland champion, recorded a 7-5, 6-3 quarterfinals victory over David Ferrer of Spain.

The winner of this Australian Open tune-up event receives $48,600.
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Guga must be gaining so much confidence! This is so great and just what he needs!! He has always been more than "another clay specialist"

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Kuerten advances as rain continues at Heineken Open

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) - Former world No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten beat American qualifier Michael Russell 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Friday in a second-round match played over three days because of rain at the Heineken Open.
Fourth-seeded Kuerten was forced indoors to finish the match, which was due to begin Wednesday when rain began to exert its influence over the troubled tournament.

All of Wednesday's matches were lost to rain and only six of eight second-round games were completed Thursday before showers again intervened.

Kuerten's was one of two matches left in limbo Thursday, tied one set apiece, when he and Russell were finally driven from the court.

The match resumed outdoors Friday, and Kuerten won three straight games to lead 3-0 in the third set before heavy and persistent rain forced a further delay.


Organizers, facing a mounting backlog, decided late afternoon to move incomplete matches indoors.

Stefan Koubek, winner of last week's Qatar Open, quickly wrapped up his second-round match against Raemon Sluiter of the Netherlands 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Koubek, who dropped a set for the first time in seven matches this season, led 6-3, 0-1 when rain stopped play Thursday.

Kuerten took longer to wrap up his match with Russell, a troublesome opponent who took him to five long sets in the fourth round of 2001 French Open.

Kuerten won that match two years ago and went on to claim his third French title.

Organizers will attempt to complete all quarterfinal and semifinal matches Saturday and will make use of a reserve day Sunday to play the final.
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Karlovic --> Odesnik --> Stepanek --> Monfils -->
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