Philippoussis Upsets Kafelnikov
PARIS (AP) _ Hard-hitting Australian Mark Philippoussis upset fourth-seeded Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov on Thursday, securing a spot in the quarterfinals of the $2.95 million Paris Masters tournament.
Philippoussis, seeded 13th, beat 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 won the match’s final two points with precision shots straight down the line.
Philippoussis faces 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 beaten Prinosil in all five of their previous meetings, started strong Thursday, but appeared to lose focus, yielding his service at set point in the tiebreaker 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.