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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 June, 2004, 12:17 GMT 13:17 UK
Nalbandian sees off Kuerten
Result: Kuerten 2-6 6-3 4-6 6-7 (6/8) Nalbandian

All the action as three-times former champion Gustavo Kuerten takes on eighth seed David Nalbandian in the French Open quarter-finals.


Fourth set:

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 4-6 6-7 (6/8) Nalbandian
Kuerten seems to have control of the breaker after a thrilling rally which ends with him powering a backhand past Nalbandian. He forges into a 5-2 lead but the eighth seed is still not ready to lie down. Nalbandian battles back to 5-5 and then saves a set point before the three-times champion goes long with a forehand.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 4-6 6-6 Nalbandian
The crowd can hardly bear it. Kuerten saves a break point by sprinting down a drop shot, but he cannot do anything about the second and the set will be decided by a tiebreak.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 4-6 6-5 Nalbandian
Incredibly, Nalbandian falters again and hands Kuerten two break points. The Brazilian clips the top of the net on the first, but Nalbandian nets a backhand on the second.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 4-6 5-5 Nalbandian
Nalbandian saves a third set point with a sensational forehand on the stretch. Kuerten is rattled and the Argentine may yet wrap up the match in four sets.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 4-6 5-4 Nalbandian
Kuerten clips the line with a sizzling backhand to make it 30-30 and the Argentine mistimes a forehand to gift his opponent a set point. Nalbandian survives when Kuerten's forehand lands just beyond the baseline.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 4-6 5-3 Nalbandian
Kuerten wastes a game point with a wild backhand but Nalbandian makes an error and Kuerten is a game away from a deciding set.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 4-6 4-3 Nalbandian
Nalbandian is in trouble again at deuce, but he surprises Kuerten by serving and volleying on game point and comes through.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 4-6 4-2 Nalbandian
A straightforward hold for the three-times champion.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 4-6 3-2 Nalbandian
Nalbandian throws in two double faults and faces two break points but Kuerten misses a series of attempted winners and the eighth seed stays in touch.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 4-6 3-1 Nalbandian
Nalbandian is not going to be handed this match, despite Kuerten's injury troubles. The Brazilian is irresistible at the moment and holds easily.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 4-6 2-1 Nalbandian
Nalbandian gets back on track with a love service game.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 4-6 2-0 Nalbandian
Having taken control of the match by taking the third set, Nalbandian is failing to press home his advantage. Kuerten is doing all the attacking and he consolidates the break.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 4-6 1-0 Nalbandian
After the tumble, Kuerten has treatment on his hip but is able to continue. Mindful of the injury, the Brazilian is now trying to finish the points off quickly and he is rewarded with a break point. He cleans the line with a screaming forehand to go a break up.


Third set:

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 4-6 Nalbandian
A moment of controversy at 30-30 when the umpire is called out of his chair to rule on a Guga forehand. It is ruled out and this presents Nalbandian with a set point, which he converts after Kuerten takes a tumble.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 4-5 Nalbandian
A forehand pass and a sublime drop shot claw Kuerten back into the game, but he then misfires from the back of the court as Nalbandian maintains his slender lead.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 4-4 Nalbandian
Kuerten works Nalbandian around the court with typical guile to reach 40-15, before Nalbandian pounces on a couple of second serves to force deuce. The Brazilian finds an ace, however, to level the set.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 3-4 Nalbandian
The see-saw nature of this match continues. After his hot streak, Nalbandian cools off with a couple of errors. Kuerten benefits after a mishit overhead catches his opponent out and breaks with a sizzling forehand on the subsequent point.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 2-4 Nalbandian
Good heart and some big shots win Kuerten an impressive service game, but he still trails in the set.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 1-4 Nalbandian
Guga sets Nalbandian up at 30-30, but the Argentine responds with a magnificent pass and goes on to hold.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 1-3 Nalbandian
To the disappointment of the crowd, momentum is back with Nalbandian now. Kuerten concedes break points after a long rally that he had chances to win and then drifts a backhand wide.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 1-2 Nalbandian
Nalbandian holds and this will give him confidence after a set-and-a-half of patchy tennis.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 1-1 Nalbandian
Kuerten falls to 0-40 and limply surrenders his service by netting from the back of the court. This match could easily go the distance.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 1-0 Nalbandian
More pressure on the Nalbandian serve draws a double fault on break point from the Argentine. He is showing signs of nerves.

Second set:

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 Nalbandian
Nalbandian chases down a cheeky drop shot and answers with a perfect lob to win the first point. But an ace levels things up and a couple of classic backhands down the line help Kuerten wrap up the set.

Kuerten 2-6 6-3 Nalbandian
A fourth ace for Nalbandian and an unforced error from Kuerten add up to a service hold for the Argentine.

Kuerten 2-6 5-2 Nalbandian
Guga is just a game away from levelling the set count. Worryingly though, he gets some attention from a physio at the change.

Kuerten 2-6 4-2 Nalbandian
Nalbandian's double fault only delays a straight-forward hold for the Argentine, who is starting to battle back.

Kuerten 2-6 4-1 Nalbandian
Kuerten is playing much better now and he pulls clear again with an easy service hold.

Kuerten 2-6 3-1 Nalbandian
Nalbandian stops the rot, but his service game is not without incident. And, interestingly, Guga is now winning most of the long points.

Kuerten 2-6 3-0 Nalbandian
This is a worrying spell for Nalbandian. Kuerten holds serve again, this time behind his forehand strokeplay.

Kuerten 2-6 2-0 Nalbandian
Kuerten sends the Parisian crowd into rhapsody by winning the longest rally of the match with a thrilling forehand pass. He then shanks a shot tamely at 0-30 but bounces back to break thanks to a rare Nalbandian error.

Kuerten 2-6 1-0 Nalbandian
The French crowd - which is pro three-times Roland Garros champion Guga - had gone quiet. But it warms to a couple of fighting rallies from the Brazilian, who eventually holds serve.

First set:

Kuerten 2-6 Nalbandian
Very few shots are coming off the middle of Kuerten's racquet and Nalbandian races into another game lead before winning the set with an ace.

Kuerten 2-5 Nalbandian
Kuerten misfires with two forehands and is beginning to look dejected. Another break puts him on the brink of losing the first set.

Kuerten 2-4 Nalbandian
Nalbandian makes two rare unforced errors to allow Kuerten back into the game at 30-30, and the 28th seed produces a beautiful drop shot to engineer a break point. But he makes two errors of his own to let Nalbandian off the hook.

Kuerten 2-3 Nalbandian
Nalbandian produces a sizzling backhand down the line to put Kuerten under pressure and the Argentine earns two break points. Kuerten holds firm until Nalbandian engineers a fourth opportunity and the Brazilian nets a tricky volley.

Kuerten 2-2 Nalbandian
Nalbandian responds by holding to 15 as the match settles into a rhythm.

Kuerten 2-1 Nalbandian
Guga is the first man to hold serve, although not without a struggle.

Kuerten 1-1 Nalbandian
Kuerten gets his backhand flowing and forges two break points. He fires a forehand long on the first but then produces an acute angle on the return to hit back immediately.

Kuerten 0-1 Nalbandian
Kuerten is given a rousing welcome by the crowd on Chatrier Court, but the Brazilian is immediately in trouble in the first game. Nalbandian hammers a backhand crosscourt to break straight away.




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