Martin Routs Pioline, Reaches Final
NEW YORK (AP) _ Todd Martin, playing efficiently and effectively, easily defeated Cedric Pioline 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 Saturday to move into the U.S. Open men’s championship match.
The Frenchman had no answers to the problems Martin presented in the wind and under the bright sunshine on Arthur Ashe Stadium as the American completely dominated every phase of the game.
Martin, playing in his second Grand Slam tournament final, will play the winner of Saturday’s second semifinal between second-seeded and American compatriot Andre Agassi and No. 3 Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia.
In 1994, Martin lost to Pete Sampras in the Australian Open final.
``I think he got frustrated with the condition. It was really windy,″ Martin said of Pioline.
After breaking Martin in the ninth game to put the opening set back on serve, Pioline’s classic game completely disappeared. Martin didn’t have to come up with brilliance, just a safe, patient game. He did that to perfection, finishing with 14 aces while keeping Martin off-balance with his shot selection.
Martin made 11 unforced errors in the first set and only 10 more the remainder of the match. Pioline, on the other hand, made seven unforced errors in the first set, 10 in the second and 14 in the third.
They two played only one hour, 36 minutes, by far the quickest match of the tournament for Martin, who had reached the semifinals after playing two five-setters in his first five outings.