<
>

Defending champion Sanchez loses in semis

2/14/2004

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."