Defending champion Sanchez loses in semis

Updated: February 14, 2004, 11:06 PM ET
Associated Press

VINA DEL MAR, Chile -- Second-seeded Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil erased two set points Saturday to beat defending champion David Sanchez of Spain 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the semifinals of the $333,000 BellSouth Open.

Kuerten's opponent Sunday will be fifth-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, who beat Flavio Saretta of Brazil 6-2, 6-3.

"It's great winning at home, with my people," Gonzalez said after his easy victory over Saretta.

Three-time French Open champion Kuerten predicted "a good, tough match against Gonzalez."

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