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Gustafsson Advances at Dutch Open

July 22, 2000

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ Fourth-seeded Magnus Gustafsson showed all his experience Saturday as he beat young Dutch wild card entry Edwin Kempes 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinal of the Dutch Open.

The 33-year-old Swede advanced to his 26th career final on the ATP tour, and will take on another unseeded young Dutch talent, Raemon Sluiter.

Sluiter eliminated 19-year-old Russian Nikola Davydenko 6-2, 7-6 (5) in the day’s first semifinal in the clay-court tournament.

The match’s messy first set produced four service breaks, three due to the inconsistent Russian’s errors. However, Davydenko was able to force a tiebreaker in the second set.

Sluiter lost the first three points, including two mini-breaks, before generating momentum with some powerful hitting. The Russian could only manage two more points in the tiebreaker, both on errors by Sluiter.

Sluiter, ranked just 142 by the ATP, described his first final on the tour as a ``little dream.″

Gustafsson, Dutch Open champion in 1991 and losing finalist in 1993, took control of the first set after breaking Kempes in the third game. He then chased down a seemingly impossible drop shot to break again and go into a 3-1 lead in the second.

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