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Lapentti Upset In Dubai Open

February 10, 2000

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ Third-seeded Nicolas Lapentti was upset by 19-year-old Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 6-4, 6-3 Thursday in the second round of the Dubai Open.

Defending champion Jerome Golmard of France struggled to beat Andrei Pavel of Romania 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the $1 million tournament.

Top seed Nicolas Kiefer of Germany also needed three sets before winning, 6-3, 7-5, 6-0 over Spain’s Alberto Martin, setting up a rematch Golmard. The two met in the final last year.

Among the other seeded players winning were: No. 4 Albert Costa of Spain, 6-0, 6-4 over Stefan Koubek of Austria, and No. 5 Younes El Aynaoui of Morocco, 6-4, 6-2 over Spain’s Galo Blanco.

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