Austrian Koubek Ousts Ivanisevic
VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ Austrian Stefan Koubek on Thursday upset Goran Ivanisevic in the $800,000 CA Trophy ATP tennis tournament to advance to the quarterfinals.
It took the 22-year-old Koubek one hour, 44 minutes to eliminate the veteran Croat 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-4.
Ivanisevic, who has reached the Wimbledon final three times and was ranked as high as No. 2 in the world, seemed to have turned around a disappointing season by reaching the semifinals at his previous tournament in Basel, Switzerland. Ivanisevic is currently ranked 43rd, two spots ahead of Koubek.
Koubek’s decisive break came at 4-4 in the third set. The blond left-hander will next meet sixth-seeded Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands, who beat Sweden’s Magnus Larsson 6-4, 6-2.
Seventh-seeded Nicolas Kiefer of Germany eliminated another Austrian, 18-year-old Juergen Melzer 6-4, 6-0 and Slovakia’s Karol Kucera, winner at Basel, upset eighth-seeded Nicolas Lapentti of Argentina 6-2, 6-3.