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Spadea Tops Courier in Lyon

October 21, 1999

LYON, France (AP) _ Eighth-seeded Vince Spadea defeated fellow American Jim Courier 6-4, 6-4 Thursday to move into the quarterfinals of the $750,000 Lyon Grand Prix.

Also grabbing quarterfinal berths were top-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia, American Jeff Tarango and Gustavo Kuerten.

Kafelnikov beat Magnus Larsson of Sweden 7-5, 7-5; Tarango stopped Nicolas Escude of France 6-2, 1-6, 6-1; and Kuerten, seeded third, overcame a shaky start to move past 1995 champion Wayne Ferreira 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

In other matches, Mikael Tillstrom of Sweden downed No. 11 Mariano Zabaleta of Argentina, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2; Australian Lleyton Hewitt stopped Chris Woodruff of the United States 6-4, 6-3, and Sweden’s Magnus Gustafsson downed Rainer Schuttler of Germany 6-4, 6-2.

Nicolas Lapentti snuffed out the home crowd’s hopes with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Sebastien Grosjean, the last French player remaining in the tournament.

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