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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kuerten Upset by Ukraine's Medvedev




PARIS -- Andrei Medvedev, the 100th ranked player who knocked out Pete Sampras in the second round, scored another huge upset Wednesday, toppling former champion Gustavo Kuerten 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the French Open.


Medvedev served well, made few mistakes and made great use of his drop shot as he continued a stunning run through the draw at Roland Garros.


Kuerten, the 1997 champion who had been touted as a favorite for this year's title, couldn't seem to find his game, hitting balls out and into the net.


The Brazilian has been having the best clay-court season of any player, but against Medvedev he faced a vastly improved player who grew up on clay.


Medvedev ranked as high as No. 4 five years ago, but tumbled down to 100 after sitting out with a wrist injury.


Next, he faces the winner of Wednesday's other quarterfinal, between Alex Corretja and Kuerten's fellow Brazilian, Fernando Meligeni.


In the exciting final game, it took the Ukrainian four match points to close out the match -doing it, fittingly, with yet another unreachable drop shot.


Serving for the match at 5-4, Medvedev reached 40-15 with a fierce backhand down the line. But he failed to convert on his two match points, netting a forehand for deuce. He reached his third match point with a drop shot, only to double-fault. The Ukrainian saved a break point and then won the next two to complete his straight-set win.


As Kuerten's girlfriend sobbed in the stands, Medvedev told French television that he feels like "the happiest man in the world right now.''


Referring to his renewed relationship with German player Anke Huber, he said: "I feel peace on the court because I know there's someone there for me.


"You can say I fell back in love twice, once with tennis, once with a girl,'' he said.


Besides his effective drop shot, Medvedev destroyed Kuerten with winners: 59 to the Brazilian's 29.