Swedes rule in Copenhagen

By Time of article published Mar 4, 2000

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Copenhagen - Andreas Vinciguerra and Magnus Larsson set up an all-Swedish final in the $350 000 (R2,1-million) Copenhagen Open men's tennis tournament, both winning their semifinals in convincing fashion on Saturday.

Unseeded Vinciguerra dismissed Russian Marat Safin, the top seed, 6-3 6-0 in just 42 minutes. Larsson, seeded third, beat seventh-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-3 7-6 (8-6).

The two finalists have never met each other in a tournament.

For Vinciguerra, 19, Sunday's final will be only his second chance to win an ATP-title. He was runner-up at Baastad in Sweden last year.

Larsson, 29, qualified for an ATP-tournament final for the 14th time. He has won six titles, including the Copenhagen Open in 1992.

Vinciguerra gave Safin few chances in their lop-sided semifinal. The Swede took control from the start and his varied game with rapid tempo shifts from baseline slugger to attacks on the net confused the Russian, who looked tired and made many unforced errors.

Larsson had to fight harder for victory. Federer, 18, saved three match points in the second set, taking it to a tie-break where the Swiss led 5-0 and 6-1 but Larsson kept his cool and won seven points in a row to clinch it at 8-6. - Reuters

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