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Hrbaty Reaches Samsung Open Final

November 25, 2000

BRIGHTON, England (AP) _ Second seed Dominik Hrbaty yielded just one game to Wimbledon semifinalist Vladimir Voltchkov on Saturday to cruise into the final of the Samsung Open.

The Slovak will meet top-seeded Tim Henman who outclassed South Korea’s Lee Hjung-Taik 6-2, 6-1 in a little over an hour.

Hrbaty scored a 6-1, 6-0 victory in just 50 minutes at the Brighton Center but was gifted many points by the Belorussian, who double faulted several times on vital points and missed easy forehands.

Hrbaty broke Voltchkov to love in the second game of the match and went two breaks up when his opponent double faulted in game four. Voltchkov finally held serve for 5-1 but didn’t win another game.

Hrbaty broke him again in the opening game of the second set when Voltchkov double faulted to give him break point and then hit a simple forehand wide.

Playing consistently against a demoralized opponent, the Slovak broke him three more times in the second set to complete an easy victory.

``I played Tim in a very close match in Rotterdam,″ said Hrbaty, who has dropped just one set in four matches in the tournament. ``I lost but I had my chances in that match. This is a much slower surface so I can play from the baseline and do better here.″

In the other semifinal, Lee squandered four break points in the fourth game of the match before Henman took over.

After breaking the Korean’s serve for a 3-2 lead, he lost just two points in the next three games to take the first set.

The British player broke Lee again in the opening game of the second set only to hand the Korean two more break points. Henman saved each of them with aces, held serve and broke again to go 3-0 ahead and stayed in control to go through to the final.

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