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Newz Forum: OTHER: TENNIS: Grosjean reaches the final

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posted on Jun, 12 2004 @ 11:35 AM
Sebastien Grosjean snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to book his place in the Stella Artois Championship final for the second year running. Grosjean was a set and 4-1 down to Korean qualifier Hyung-Taik Lee before staging a brave recovery to record a 6-7 7-6 6-2 win in two hours 18 minutes at Queen's Club.

The 26-year-old Frenchman will now face Andy Roddick in Sunday's final. Roddick hammered Grosjean 6-3 6-3 in last year's final. Grosjean was an odds-on favourite to win the match against his unheralded opponent, and was gifted a break of serve in the opening game of the match when Lee served a double fault.

The next eight games went with serve until Grosjean served for the set, Lee producing a forehand winner to get back on level terms. Grosjean again held the early advantage in the tie-break at 4-3, but the world number 99 raced through the next four points to take it 7-4, the first set Grosjean had lost this week.

Things looked grim for last year's Wimbledon semi-finalist when he went two breaks down in the second set, Lee serving with a 4-1 lead and seemingly set for his third ATP tour final. But Grosjean immediately broke back and won the next four games in a row, Lee saving a set point at 5-6 to force a second tie-break.

This time it was the fifth seed who won four points in a row from 3-3 to level the match, and from then on there was only ever going to be one winner. Grosjean raced into a 4-0 lead and Lee, who used to pick potatoes on his family's farm in the rural Hoingsung area of Korea, was unable to respond.

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