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  Saturday, 8 September, 2001, 17:45 GMT 18:45 UK
Hewitt blasts into final
Yevgeny Kafelnikov, beaten US Open semi-finalist
Kafelnikov took a frightful beating in this match
L Hewitt (Aus) (4) beat Y Kafelnikov (Rus) (7) 6-1 6-2 6-1

Lleyton Hewitt has humiliated the more experienced Yevgeny Kafelnikov to reach his first Grand Slam final in the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

Hewitt, who reached the semi-final at last year's competition, had little difficulty in going one better as he completely overwhelmed the Russian in short time.

The 20-year-old, who beat American teenager Andy Roddick in a dramatic five-set quarter-final, had fewer problems with the Russian, who aims to retire at the end of the year.

Hewitt broke Kafelnikov's serve at will throughout the match. He lost it twice in the first set, including the opening game, as Hewitt produced his usual array of rasping passing shots.

Australian tennis star Lleyton Hewitt
Hewitt was hardly tested on his way to the final

Hewitt needed little invitation to take advantage of his lethargic opponent.

It was more of the same in the second set, as Kafelnikov's approach to the match began to seem more and more hopeless.

He approached the net frequently but without guile or confidence and could only watch as the Australian fired forehands and backhands to his side or across his body.

Kafelnikov mustered some defiance at 5-0 down in the final set, holding his serve to love, but Hewitt administered possibly the last rites to his Grand Slam career in the next game.

So comprehensive was Hewitt's victory that the American crowd - who have not warmed to him because of an incident earlier in the tournament - was never a factor.

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