Kafelnikov, Korda In Kremlin Final
MOSCOW (AP) _ Top-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov and second seed Petr Korda advanced Saturday to the finals of the $1,125,000 Kremlin Cup tennis tournament.
Kafelnikov, enjoying the support of a hometown crowd, breezed past Daniel Nestor of Canada in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, to move into Sunday’s final. He lost in the final of the Kremlin Cup last year.
Korda, of the Czech Republic, had a tougher time against Wayne Black of Zimbabwe in the longest match of the tournament at nearly 2 1/2 hours. Narrowly avoiding a third-set tiebreaker, he advanced 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 7-5.
With a victory Sunday, Kafelnikov will make the World ATP Tour Championship in Hanover next week. Korda’s chances are less certain.
Kafelnikov’s match with Nestor was a fairly lackluster affair, which even the winner agreed ``was not very spectacular.″ He said Nestor threw off his game with a serve-and-volley attack, but not enough to ever seriously threaten him.
The Korda-Black match was considerably livelier. Korda struggled through the first set after losing his serve in the first game, and lost the set in a tiebreaker. Black dropped the second set but fought back in the third, serving for a tiebreaker but losing his serve and the match.