Goldstein rallies, surprises Corretja

Rockville resident gains at Legg Mason

Kafelnikov advances

August 20, 1999|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON -- The chances of Paul Goldstein pulling an upset of No. 5 seed Alex Corretja didn't look promising last night at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.

The Rockville resident was down 2-5 in the first set and 1-3 in the second-set tiebreak but didn't let it faze him. He rallied to sweep both sets and the match, 7-6 (11-9), 7-6 (7-5).

As the comeback unfolded, Goldstein said he got extra adrenalin from a crowd that became more raucous with every Goldstein winner.

"In the beginning of the match, I was feeling a little fatigued," said Goldstein. "Toward the end of the match, I felt much better. I credit a little bit of that to the crowd. But also, I was able to get my blood flowing."

It was Goldstein's second win over a Top 10 opponent -- he beat Greg Rusedski in the second round of this year's Australian Open. His quarterfinal match today against Todd Martin, who won by default after Ramon Delgado suffered a left ankle sprain while practicing, marked the deepest he's gone in a tournament since he turned pro.

Corretja's only solace after the loss was that if he could have just gotten it to a third set, he said he was sure he would have won.

"I wouldn't argue with him about that," Goldstein said. "He's got a lot of experience. I'm sure he would have felt good about the third set. I was a little fortunate at 3-1 in the breaker. That reflex volley got me back into it.

"From an emotional standpoint, it would have been tough to come so close in that second set to have to go to a third and bounce back."

In last night's final match, No. 2 seed Andre Agassi steamrolled Bjorn Phau, 6-1, 6-3.

Earlier, Justin Gimelstob lost to Yevgeny Kafelnikov, 7-5, 6-4, and came away impressed with the tournament's top seed.

Though he'd never played Kafelnikov as a professional, Gimelstob said he could see a better attitude than last year and earlier this year, when the Russian often struggled.

"I think he was a lot more negative last year and when he went through that bit of a bad stretch this year," Gimelstob said. "He's obviously playing really good tennis."

Gimelstob played pretty good tennis, too. It wasn't until his fourth service game in the first set that Kafelnikov was able to win a point. Down 15-0, Kafelnikov rolled off three straight points before Gimelstob eventually won the set and remain on serve.

The two remained on serve until the 11th game, when Kafelnikov, up 15-40, got a little help from the net cord. Kafelnikov was out of position when Gimelstob's shot hit the net cord and stayed on his side.

Gimelstob got it to deuce in the next game but was unable to get a break point in the first set.

"I think he was trying to win every game," Gimelstob said. "In fairness to me, at any time I could have broken him and served a bunch of good games and been in a good position to win the match, too."

Kafelnikov broke early in the second set to go up 2-0 and went on to serve out the match. He was able to win almost every significant point and crush a rally late in the set.

Serving up 4-3, Kafelnikov lost his break after double-faulting. But he came back to break Gimelstob in the next game, when Gimelstob double-faulted at deuce, then sent an overhand shot into the net.

Kafelnikov then served out the match.

"It took me a little while, because he was serving big from the start," Kafelnikov said. "Once I got my opportunity, I capitalized."

Kafelnikov will take on Tomas Zib, who couldn't stop smiling after he upset No. 7 seed Marc Rosset, 6-3, 6-2. It will be the first meeting between the two.

"I know Rosset," Zib said. "I know I had to play one of my best matches. But I also knew he had to make some mistakes. I was waiting for my chance and it came."

In the other upset of the evening, No. 3 Tim Henman lost to Jan Kroslak, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Henman is 0-3 in his career against Kroslak.

Results

Singles, fourth round

Todd Martin (4), United States, def. Ramon Delgado, Paraguay, forfeit; Tomas Zib, Czech Republic, def. Marc Rosset (7), Switzerland, 6-3, 6-2; Fabrice Santoro (9), France, def. Marat Safin (8), Russia, 6-0, 6-4; Yevgeny Kafelnikov (1), Russia, def. Justin Gimelstob, United States, 7-5, 6-4.

Nicolas Kiefer (6), Germany, def. John Van Lottum, Netherlands, 7-5, 6-2; Paul Goldstein, United States, def. Alex Corretja (5), Spain, 7-6 (11-9), 7-6 (7-5); Jan Kroslak, Slovakia, def. Tim Henman (3), Britain, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Andre Agassi (2), United States, def. Bjorn Phau, Germany, 6-1, 6-3.

Doubles, fourth round

Wayne Black, Zimbabwe, and Sandon Stolle, Australia, def. Lucas Arnold, Argentina, and Eyal Ran, Israel, 6-3, 6-3; David Adams, Australia, and John-Laffnie De Jager, South Africa, def. Andrew Painter, Australia, and Byron Talbot, United States, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2; Michael Hill, Australia, and Scott Humphries, United States, def. Massimo Bertolini and Christian Brandi, Italy, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1); Justin Gimelstob, United States, and Sebastian Lareau, Canada, def. Roger Federer, Switzerland, and Sander Groen, Netherlands, 6-2, 6-2.

Marius Barnard, South Africa, and T.J. Middleton, United States, def. Wayne Arthurs and Andrew Kratzmann, Australia, 6-4, 6-3; Piet Norval, South Africa, and Kevin Ullyett, Zimbabwe, def. Nicolas Kiefer, Germany, and Nenad Zimonjic, Yugoslavia, 6-3, 6-4; Byron Black, Zimbabwe, and Brian MacPhie, United States, def. Nicklas Kulti and Mikael Tillstrom, Sweden, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.

Legg Mason Classic

Today's Stadium Court matches

Beginning at 2 p.m.: No. 14 Jan Kroslak vs. No. 6 Nicolas Kiefer

Followed by: No. 1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov vs. Tomas Zib

Followed by, but not before 7 p.m.: No. 9 Fabrice Santoro vs. No. 2 Andre Agassi

Followed by: Paul Goldstein vs. No. 4 Todd Martin

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