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27.10.2002

Press release #8
Grosjean and Youzhny advance to the final

France's Sebastian Grosjean became the first finalist of the St.Petersburg Open-2002 having defeated the Slovak Karol Kucera in two sets. The beginning of the match suggested rather serious struggle as the rivals interchanged with breaks. "The interchange with courtesies" repeated in 4th and 5th games but Grosjean was the first who managed to stabilize his serve and the first set was his. It was not later than the very start of the second set when Grosjean leaded 4-0. Besides that Kucera was clearly eager to fight back. But the Slovak was let down by some nervousness and, consequently, large number of unforced errors. And though in the 6th game Kucera even managed to break, it was already late. Grosjean confidently came to a win.

In the second semifinal match the Russian Mikhail Youzhny defeated Byelorussian Vladimir Voltchkov in two sets. The first set was decided in the 11th game when Youzhny broke Vladimir's serve. Then the match was suspended for about an hour because of the court technical problems. Mikhail Youzhny started the second set with an ace and confidently won the game on his serve - 1-0. Voltchkov replied: 1-1. In the next game Youzhny whitewashes his rival and Voltchkov got into problems with his serve. So, in the 4th game he had to fight back 4 break-points. And though Voltchkov managed to survive this time, it was clear that Youzhny played enthusiastically and wouldn't miss his opportunity. That is how it happened. The Break made by Youzhny in the 8th game decided the semifinal in his favor.

- Actually, the match suspension did to me good. I was a little nervous, so I could go to sleep only at 4 am. And this break made me time to calm. And when the match was started again I missed a number of important balls and that decided the result, - said Vladimir Voltchkov on the press conference.

- Suspension of the match suited me well too. I made many errors in the end of the first set. In the pause I had got calm and started the second set as if it was a new match.

- What did you do in the match pause?
- I communicated to my company. We analyzed my errors and corrected the game plane.

Semifinals
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)- Vladimir Voltchkov (RUS) 6-4 6-3
Sebastian Grosjean (FRA) - Karol Kucera (SVK) 6-3 6-2

The doubles finalists were determined today too. In the match Lbadze Irakli /Marat Safin (GEO)/ (RUS) - Petr Luxa /David Skoch (CZE/CZE) both of the sets developed according to the same scenario. Russia-Georgian duet had made breaks in the second and in the sixth game and then didn't let the rivals win any game. In the final Labadze/Safin will play to a double Adams/Palmer.

Doubles
Lbadze Irakli /Marat Safin (GEO)/ (RUS) - Petr Luxa /David Skoch (CZE/CZE) 6-2 6-2
Adams David/Jared Palmer (RSA/USA) - Nicolas Kiefer/Andrei Pavel (GER/ROM) 7-6(7) 6-4

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