Corretja Earns Last Spot for Paris
PARIS (AP) _ Spain’s Alex Corretja earned the final spot for the year-end Masters Cup by reaching the quarterfinals of the $2.95 million Paris Masters tournament Thursday.
Redeeming himself after a first-round exit at the Lyon Grand Prix last week, the eighth-seeded Corretja sealed off the lineup for the elite, eight-man Masters Cup by defeating South Africa’s Wayne Ferreira, the No. 10 seed, 6-3, 6-4.
The field for the Nov. 27- Dec. 3 tournament at Lisbon, Portugal, includes Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Marat Safin, Gustavo Kuerten _ the four Grand Slam champions _ plus Magnus Norman, Lleyton Hewitt, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Corretja.
In another match, hard-hitting Mark Philippoussis of Australia upset No. 4 seed Kafelnikov of Russia, beating the Olympic gold medalist 6-4, 6-2.
Kafelnikov, ranked fifth in the world, hit too many shots out or into the net. Philippoussis had 12 aces and broke Kafelnikov’s serve twice in the second set.
Philippoussis will face qualifier David Prinosil in the quarterfinals, after the German defeated Michael Chang 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-4, in a 2-hour, 38-minute match.
Chang, who had defeated Prinosil in all five of their previous meetings, started strong Thursday, but appeared to lose focus, losing his serve at match point in the second set with a double fault.
With his father watching from the stands, Chang, whose only Grand Slam title came in this city, lost the final set with heavy-handed baseline lobs.