Moya, Ferrero in Seat Godo Final
Apr. 28, 2001
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) _ Carlos Moya and Juan Carlos Ferrero won semifinal matches Saturday, setting up an all-Spanish final at the $1 million Seat Godo Open.
Moya beat Thomas Enqvist of Sweden 6-3, 6-3, and Ferrero defeated Michel Kratochvil of Switzerland 7-5, 6-2 in the clay-court tuneup for the French Open.
Sunday's title match will mark only the fourth time Spaniards have met in the final.
Moya ended a streak in which he had lost all four times he played in the semifinals of this event, including last year's defeat to Ferrero.
Moya also was facing an opponent who had beaten him all four times they had played. But Moya broke Enqvist in the opening game and remained in command, dominating with powerful serves, crosscourt backhands and line-hugging passing shots.
``I felt relaxed on the court right from the beginning,'' Moya said. ``I felt like I was playing with a lot of backhand and serving very well.''
The highest-ranked Spanish player at No. 10, Ferrero has won tournaments this year on hardcourts at Dubai and clay at Estoril, Portugal.
After the first set he had little trouble against Kratochvil, who is ranked 77th and had never advanced this far in an ATP tournament.
Kratochvil jumped to a 3-0 lead. But Ferrero ran off three straight games and then held with a pair of aces to make it 4-4. Ferrero broke in the 11th game and went on to hold serve and win the set.
The second set proved far easier for Ferrero, who capitalized on an increasingly tired opponent.
``He came out at the beginning playing very well, strong and aggressive,'' Ferrero said. ``He played a tactically excellent first set, but I think he let down physically quite a bit in the second.''
Moya and Ferrero would not be surprised if Sunday's match goes five sets.
``I think the winner will be the player in the best physical condition,'' Ferrero said. ``And I think it will be me.''
Moya likes his chances if he's serving well.
``He beat me in last year's semifinal, and now it's my turn,'' Moya said. ``It's going to be a tough match. If I can keep serving like I did today, I'll be able to play the rest of the points more easily and I think I can win.''