Arazi, Kuerten in Monte Carlo Final
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MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) _ Hicham Arazi scored another upset Saturday and will face Gustavo Kuerten in the final of the Masters Series Monte Carlo, the season’s first important clay-court tournament.
Arazi, an unseeded Moroccan, beat ninth-seeded Sebastien Grosjean of France 6-4, 6-4 to gain a place in a Masters Series final for the first time.
Kuerten, the second-seeded Brazilian, had no trouble in his semifinal of the $2.95 million tournament, downing teen-ager Guillermo Coria of Argentina 6-4, 6-2.
Before his latest upset, Arazi eliminated third-seeded Magnus Norman, defending champion Cedric Pioline and eighth-seeded Tim Henman.
Grosjean was a semifinalist at this year’s Australian Open and is seventh in the ATP Champions Race. He defeated Arazi in three sets in their only previous match in 1998.
Arazi, twirling his racket between points, capitalized on Grosjean’s errors to serve for the match. Grosjean took that game but the Moroccan regrouped in the next one. He dropped only one point and closed the match with a strong crosscourt backhander.
``Maybe he didn’t play a great match, but I’m very happy to be in the final,″ said Arazi, whose only title came in 1997 in his native city of Casablanca.
Before Monte Carlo, Arazi had won only five matches in seven events this season. He reached the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells Master