Tennis Roundup : Carlsson and Muster Reach Clay-Court Final in Barcelona
Kent Carlsson of Sweden and Thomas Muster of Austria moved into the final of the 36th Count of Godo tennis tournament at Barcelona, Spain, Friday.
Second-seeded Carlsson defeated Marcelo Filippini of Uruguay, 6-2, 6-2, in 1 hour 35 minutes, while Muster, seeded fifth, ousted ninth-seeded Magnus Gustafsson of Sweden, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, in 1 hour 36 minutes.
Carlsson, favored to capture the $500,000 clay-court tournament, has not dropped a single set in his four matches. He won the Count of Godo tournament in 1986.
Muster easily won the first set because of a string of errors by Gustafsson. But the Swede broke Muster’s service twice to win the second set.
In the last set, Gustafsson took a 4-3 lead, but he lost his service in the ninth game as Muster closed out the match.
Gustafsson, 21, had previously eliminated Martin Jaite of Argentina, seeded seventh and winner of last year’s tournament, and top-seeded Henri Leconte of France.
The Spanish pair of Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez will meet Claudio Mezzadri of Switzerland and Diego Perez of Uruguay in today’s doubles final.
Casal and Sanchez defeated Spaniards Tomas Carbonell and Javier Sanchez, 6-2, 7-6, and Mezzadri and Perez defeated Pablo Arraya of Peru and Horacio de la Pena of Argentina, 6-3, 6-3, in the semifinals.
Dodo Cheney of Santa Monica won her 184th national title, more than anyone else in United States Tennis Assn. history, by defeating Jean Corvino of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-3, 6-1, in the final of the women’s 70-and-over division at the Rockaway Hunt Club in Cedarhurst, N.Y.