Hrbaty Reaches Brighton Final
BRIGHTON, England (AP) _ Second-seeded Dominik Hrbaty yielded just one game to Wimbledon semifinalist Vladimir Voltchkov and cruised Saturday into the final of the Samsung Open.
The Slovak scored a 6-1, 6-0 victory in just 50 minutes at the Brighton Center but was gifted many points by the Belorussian. Voltchkov double faulted several times on vital points and missed easy forehands.
Hrbaty, who will meet the winner of Saturday’s second semifinal between top-seeded Tim Henman and South Korea’s Lee Hjung-Taik, broke Voltchkov to love in the second game of the match.
He went two breaks up when his opponent double faulted in the fourth game. Voltchkov finally held serve for 5-1 but didn’t win another game.
Hrbaty broke him again in the opening game of the second set when Voltchkov double faulted to give him break point and then hit a simple forehand wide.
Playing consistently against a demoralized opponent, the Slovak broke him three more times in the second set to complete an easy victory.