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Fish faces Federer for title

By wire services
Published June 13, 2004

HALLE, Germany - Mardy Fish of Tampa advanced to the final of the Gerry Weber Open with a three-set victory over Rainer Schuettler on Saturday.

Fish, who won 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), faces top-ranked Roger Federer in today's title match of the tuneup tournament for Wimbledon. Federer defeated Jiri Novak 6-3, 6-4.

Fish, seeded sixth, went ahead 5-4 in the tiebreak when Schuettler double-faulted. Fish closed out the match with a serve that forced a forehand error; and another that Schuettler could not return.

Wimbledon champion Federer is 3-0 against Fish.

"He's the only guy who took a set from me at Wimbledon last year," Federer said. "He has got a good serve and he likes to shorten up the points so he will be attacking every chance he gets."

Fish is the first American to reach the title match in the event's 12 years. "I'm here for the first time and I really like it," he said.

GRASS COURT CLASSIC: Justin Gimelstob beat Dusan Vemic 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 in New York. Seven months after breaking his leg, he also took the doubles title with Brandon Coupe.

QUEEN'S CLUB: Andy Roddick reached the final of the grass-court tournament in London with a 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 victory over Lleyton Hewitt. The top-seeded Roddick plays Sebastien Grosjean, who defeated qualifier Hyung-Taik Lee 6-7 (7-4), 7-6 (7-3), 6-2. Roddick twice matched his record, set Friday, with a 153 mph ace.

WIMBLEDON: French Open champion Gaston Gaudio pulled out of the event scheduled to begin June 21 because of a foot injury. Gaudio has played at Wimbledon five times, but has never made it past the second round.

SOCCER: Greece upsets Portugal

In the biggest opening game upset in European championship history, Greece beat host Portugal 2-1 to mark the start of the three-week soccer showcase. Georgios Karagounis and Angelis Basinas scored for Greece, which recorded its first victory in a major championship. This was the first time the host dropped the opener since the group format was introduced in 1984. In the other Group A game, Spain defeated Russia 1-0.

MLS: Defender Chris Albright scored his first goal of the season on a header three minutes into stoppage time, and host Los Angeles rallied for a 3-2 victory over Chicago.

ET CETERA

BASKETBALL: North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell was among six inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame. The others: North Dakota State coach Amy Ruley, Oregon coach and Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame member Bev Smith, former USA Basketball executive director Bill Wall, retired Kansas coach Marian Washington and eight-time AAU All-American Lurlyne Greer Rogers.

BOXING: Former WBO middleweight champion Felix Sturm filed a protest with the Nevada Athletic Commission over his loss last week to Oscar De La Hoya. All three judges scored it 115-113. Marc Ratner, the commission's executive director, said there was no basis for the protest. ... Lightweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. was convicted of misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight with two women inside a Las Vegas nightclub. He received a suspended sentence of one year in jail and must get counseling.

CYCLING: Lance Armstrong remained fourth after the sixth stage of the Dauphine Libere, a tuneup for the Tour de France. Michael Rasmussen of Denmark won the 89-mile stage from Gap to Grenoble, France, in 4 hours, 4 minutes, 44 seconds. Iban Mayo of Spain is the leader, 36 seconds ahead of American Tyler Hamilton. ... Germany's Jan Ullrich won a five-man sprint to take the first stage of the Tour de Suisse, completing the 106-mile stage in 4 hours, 7 minutes, 56 seconds.

HORSES: Colonial Colony , a 63-1 shot, edged 3-2 favorite Southern Image by a nose to win the $750,000 Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The 6-year-old son of Pleasant Colony won for the first time since Feb. 1, 2003, covering the 11/8 miles in 1:50.4 and paying $127.20, $22 and $5.40.

[Last modified June 12, 2004, 23:37:23]


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