he led in the first set and crumbled after serving for the first set........<br />looks like no sydney for hardworking haas, god i hope grojean gets trashed in straight sets v.s. kafelnikov, i hope haas still has some chances to qualify
<font color=gold>Kafelnikov stands in the way of the Frenchman and a place in the eight-man field for Sydney. Both Haas and Grosjean will make the trip Down Under. If Grosjean wins the final he will be guaranteed a place as the final qualifier with Haas the alternate. If Kafelnikov, who has beaten Grosjean in their three previous meetings, wins the best of five sets final, Grosjean would go as the alternate with Haas taking the final place in Sydney.
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hey Cing!!!! i feel like cinging errmmm singing. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
<br />Grosjean Glory in Paris; Claims Final Sydney BerthSebastien Grosjean captured his first Tennis Masters Series shield and booked his ticket to the Tennis Masters Cup in Sydney with a thrilling victory over Yevgeny Kafelnikov in Paris. The Frenchman delighted the 15,000 fans at the Palais Omnisport in Bercy with a 7-6(3), 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-4 win against Kafelnikov and moved above Tommy Haas into the all-important seventh position in the ATP Champions Race 2001. <br /> <br /> <br />"I'm really happy," said Grosjean, who became the first Frenchman to win the title since Guy Forget in 1991. "I won my first big title here in Paris ... and I will be in Sydney next week, so it's great."Grosjean, the sixth seed who began the week in 10th position in the Race, needed to overcome Haas in the semifinal and win the title in order to claim the eighth and final spot in the Tennis Masters Cup. Backed by the capacity crowd all week, Grosjean completed his first task with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over the in-form Haas on Saturday and maintained his high standards in the final. "From the beginning [of the tournament] to the end, I really played very well and with a lot of confidence," said Grosjean. "I was eager to win this tournament because I had good results during the whole year in major tournaments but I never won them. So I was really willing to do that in Paris and have the trophy in my hands in front of the French public."Grosjean served 14 aces and broke the Kafelnikov serve four times during the final to end a three-match losing streak against the Russian and win his second career title (Nottingham, 2000).For Kafelnikov, who was the last man to win a tournament and qualify for the year-end championships when he won the second of his five Moscow titles in 1998, there was nothing he could do to stop the Frenchman. "I played as good as I could, but the opponent was better," said Kafelnikov, who moved up to fifth in the ATP Champions Race and was looking for his first Tennis Masters Series title. "He was going for every single shot, and all of them, it seems to me, were going in. When you play in front of the home crowd, you're able to accomplish this ... He was making winners from impossible angles today." Kafelnikov clinched his spot in the Tennis Masters Cup after defeating Mark Philippoussis in the second round and he remains confident about his chances going into Sydney. "I always believed in myself that I'm capable of winning the Masters Cup," said Kafelnikov, who reached the semifinal last year in Lisbon."You get at least three matches, even when you lose one match, you still have a chance to qualify for the semis, so I'm looking forward to it." Earlier in the tournament, top seed Gustavo Kuerten extended his Race lead over Lleyton Hewitt to 48 points after reaching the third round, although the Brazilian suffered a three-set loss to Sjeng Schalken. Hewitt lost his opening match to Nicolas Lapentti, while defending champion Marat Safin went down to eventual semifinalist Andreas Vinciguerra.