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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kafelnikov Laps Up Kuerten's Errors

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LISBON, Portugal — Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov came from a set and a break down to beat Swede Magnus Norman 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in a baseline battle on Wednesday and open his account at the $3.7 million ATP Masters Cup.

The world No. 5 joined Andre Agassi on one victory in the round robin green group. The American beat world No. 2 Gustavo Kuerten on Tuesday.

Kafelnikov, who came to Portugal determined not to be overshadowed by fellow Russian and world No. 1 Marat Safin, started poorly against the French Open runner-up.

Norman served out the first set after 43 minutes having broken his opponent twice. A delicate drop shot brought Kafelnikov into the net and Norman deftly volleyed the Russian's pick-up shot back past him for 6-4.

The Swede struck again in the seventh game of the second set when Kafelnikov dumped a backhand into the net after a net-cord to hand Norman the break. But Kafelnikov struck back immediately breaking with a fierce forehand down the line.

Norman wasted four break points in the following game to allow Kafelnikov to haul himself back into contention. The Olympic gold medallist did not need asking twice and three games later broke the Swede for the set 7-5.

Norman appeared to lose heart having virtually thrown the match away and Kafelnikov stepped on the accelerator.

He grabbed an early break in the second game of the decider as Norman's groundstrokes began to lose their penetration.

Norman won his serve in the fourth game of the decider but that was all he could manage and Kafelnikov completed victory in two hours nine minutes.

"I was trying to dominate out there but was making too many mistakes early on," Kafelnikov said afterward.

"But once I broke him for 4-4 in the second set I knew I had him.

"I think experience played a big role today," said the 26-year-old.

Kafelnikov won the 1996 French Open and the 1999 Australian Open. Norman was runner-up in the French this year but has yet to break through in the Grand Slams.