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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.

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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.

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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.


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