Kuerten sets up final showdown with Hrbaty

AUCKLAND: Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten battled his way past two Argentines yesterday to set up an Auckland Open final against Slovak Dominik Hrbaty, who himself beat two Spaniards. 

KUERTEN . . . battles past two Argentines to enter final.

Both had to play their quarter-final and semi-final matches yesterday after much of the programme was washed out by rain and the first of Kuerten’s two matches was a torrid encounter against seventh seed Guillermo Coria, which he won 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.  

Coria forged into a 5-2 lead in the first set, but was overhauled 7-5 by the Brazilian. The Argentine hit back in the second set but Kuerten fought back to ease through the final set 6-2. 

Kuerten's semi was an easier affair as he cruised to a 6-3 6-3 victory over Mariano Zabaleta. 

Hrbaty beat David Ferrer in the quarter-final 7-5, 6-3 and then accounted for Felix Mantilla 6-2, 6-2. – Reuters 

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