Federer Wins Marseille Opener
Feb. 14, 2001
MARSEILLE, France (AP) _ Roger Federer, a rising Swiss player who helped oust the United States from the Davis Cup, downed French wild card Cyril Saulnier 7-6 (7), 6-4 Wednesday in the first round of the $500,000 Marseille Open.
Federer next faces another qualifier _ Bob Bryan, the lone American in the second round. The 19-year-old Federer won two singles matches, including the clincher, in the Davis Cup. He recently won in Milan, Italy, for his first ATP title.
Top-seeded Magnus Norman defeated Belgian Davis Cup player Olivier Rochus 7-6 (8), 7-5, setting up a second-round match with Max Mirnyi of Belarus.
When the two met in the third round of last year's U.S. Open, Norman staved off four match points won a fifth-set tiebreaker 11-9.
In other first-round matches, Jiri Vanek of the Czech Republic beat Andrei Medvedev of Ukraine 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, and Karol Kucera of the Slovakia advanced when Jeff Tarango retired with Kucera leading 7-6 (5), 5-3.
In late first-round play Tuesday, French qualifier Nicolas Mahut edged South Africa's Neville Godwin 7-6 (7), 6-7 (5), 6-1, and Switzerland's Michel Kratochvil stopped France's Stephane Huet 6-4, 6-1.