posted on May, 30 2004 @ 08:27 AM
David Nalbandian showed tremendous character to overcome Stefan Koubek on Saturday. The man
from Cordoba won a tense match in four sets, and is progressing nicely at Roland Garros. 'Bandy' won a tight opener on a tie-bnreak, but lost the next
6-3. The eighth seed took the third (again on a tie-break), before coming from 5-4 down in the fourth set to record a 7/6 (7/1) 3-6 7-6 (7/3) 7-5
Gustavo Kuerten battled through the pain barrier to rekindle his love affair with the
French Open on Saturday afternoon. The Brazilian, known as 'Guga,' toppled world number one and top seed Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 6-4 with a typically
swashbuckling performance to bring memories flooding back of his three singles titles at Roland Garros. But there must be serious doubts about whether
he can add a fourth next weekend after he revealed he was playing through the hurt of a chronic injury to his right hip.
Lleyton Hewitt survived a gruelling encounter with last year's finalsit Martin Verkerk on
Saturday. The Dutchman, who ousted Guillermo Coria in 2003, led 2-1 in sets at one point but eventually capitulated as Hewitt began to grind him down.
Verkerk fired down 16 aces but Hewitt would not be denied, and was tenacity personified on court. The man from Adelaide toughed it out on the Suzanne
Lenglen court to eventually come through 6-2 3-6 4-6 6-2 6-1.