TENNIS ROUNDUP : Austrians Play in Geneva Tournament Final

Associated Press

The Geneva Open tennis tournament will have an all-Austrian final as Horst Skoff and Thomas Muster won semifinal matches Saturday. Fourth-seeded Skoff defeated Jordi Arrese of Spain, 7-6 (10-8), 6-2, and Muster defeated Andrei Medvenev of the Soviet Union, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5).

Muster, who upset top-seeded Sergi Bruguera of Spain in the quarterfinals, beat Medvenev, 17, in a tense, two-hour clay court duel.

“I . . . had more experience in the tiebreaks,” Muster said. “He missed some easy shots because he lacks experience, but he has great potential.”

Arrese wilted after his 76-minute first set against Skoff and showed fatigue from two long, three-set matches Friday.


Skoff, the defending Geneva Open champion, leads Muster, 5-3, in head-to-head competition.

Unseeded Frenchman Olivier Delaitre beat his third seeded player in a row and advanced to the Bordeaux Open final. Delaitre defeated countryman Thierry Champion, seeded fourth, 6-3, 6-1.

Delaitre will meet top-seeded defending champion Guy Forget of France in the final. Forget beat another Frenchman, Cedric Pioline, 6-3, 6-1.

Javier Sanchez of Spain and Andres Gomez of Ecuador will meet in the final of the Philips Open in Brasilia, Brazil, after winning semifinal matches.


Sanchez rallied to beat unranked Bryan Shelton, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (8-6), and Gomez defeated Danilo Marcelino of Brazil, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

Top-seeded Chuck DeVoe of Indianapolis rallied for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory over No. 5 King Lambert of Santa Ana in the final of the USTA Men’s 60 singles at Cedarhurst, N.Y.