Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 29, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
U.S. casualties mount at Wimbledon
Andy Roddick reacts to a missed shot during his loss to former Canadian Greg Rusedski.
LONDON — Add Andy Roddick to the list of early losers at Wimbledon. Yevgeny Kafelnikov, too.
Yesterday, halfway through the third round, there were two ways to look at the men’s tennis tournament: Either there’s impressive depth ... or no one wants to win.
As more of the top men fell at Wimbledon, second-seeded Serena Williams and third-seeded Jennifer Capriati advanced to the fourth round.
Toronto’s Daniel Nestor advanced to the third round along with Bahamian doubles partner Mark Knowles following a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 win over Czechs Tomas Cibulec and Leos Friedl.
The second seeds will next meet American James Blake and Australian Andrew Kratzmann.
In men’s singles, Russian Kafelnikov, one of the highest remaining seeds in the men’s draw, was eliminated in straight sets by Belgium’s Xavier Malisse.
And No. 11 Roddick of the U.S. was overwhelmed in straight sets by Britain’s Greg Rusedski, leaving just one American man — little-known Jeff Morrison — in the tournament.
“By the time I started returning well,” Roddick said, “it was pretty much sealed up.”
Malisse, who had won only one previous match at Wimbledon before this tournament, beat the fifth-seeded Kafelnikov 7-6 (4), 7-5,6-1 in a third-round match on Centre Court, continuing the astonishing run of upsets in the men’s draw.
“This is anybody’s game,” said Malisse. “If somebody wants to win it from the outside, this is the year to do it.”
Williams struggled to a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2) win over Belgium’s Els Callens, while Capriati beat Czech player Daja Bedanova 6-4, 6-2.
Kafelnikov joins No. 2 Marat Safin of Russia and No. 3 Andre Agassi and No. 6 Pete Sampras of the U.S. as an early round loser. All were in bottom part of the draw.
The chaos continued with Rusedski beating Roddick 6-1,6-4,6-2, and Ecuador’s Nicolas Lapentti downing No. 15 Andrei Pavel of Romania in five sets.
By the end of the day, only two of the top-15 seeded men were still around: No. I Lleyton Hewitt of Australia and No. 4 Tim Henman of Britain, both in the top half of the
Lapentii, at No. 22, is the highest seeded player left in the bottom half.
Kafelnikov, a two-time Grand Slam champion, reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 1995 but hasn’t been a factor at the All England Club since.
Malisse, a 21-year-old baseliner, has been moving steadily up the rankings and is seeded 27th.
He will next face Rusedski, who played a nearly flawless serve-and-volley match against Roddick. The Briton was never broken, faced only two break points and thoroughly dominated the 19-year-old American.
Roddick made a number of acrobatic saves and full-stretch dives, but couldn’t hurt Rusedski, who fed off the crowd support, shouting and pumping himself up. When Roddick dumped a backhand into the net on the second match point, Rusedski shouted, “Yeah!” and held up his left index finger to the crowd.
“It’s easily the best match I’ve ever seen him play at Wimbledon,” said former three-time champion John McEnroe, doing television commentary for the BBC. “Totally dominant. It was the teacher giving
the young guy a lesson.”
Rusedski’s win will raise local hopes of an all-British final against Henman. No British player has won the men’s title since Fred Perry in 1936.
Also advancing to the round of 16 were Richard Krajicek and Mark Philippoussis, two big servers coming back after serious injuries.
Philippoussis served 33 aces to beat German Nicolas Kiefer 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
Krajicek, the 1996 champion, swept to a 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2 victory over Thailand’s Paradorn Srichaphan, who beat Andre Agassi in the second round.
“It’s nice to live in these times,” said Krajicek. “Maybe 20, 30 years ago, I would have had to take one, two, three years off or maybe I never would have been able to play again.”
Australia’s Wayne Arthurs served 32 aces to beat American Taylor Dent 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) in a match without a single break of serve and very few rallies. Each player held serve at love seven times.
— Associated Press
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Contrasting styles should be on display
Ronaldo, the leading goal scorer at the World Cup, started a craze among youngsters in Brazil after he cut his hair last week. At right, 13-year-old Gabriel Oliviera gets the same cut at a shop in Rio de Janeiro.
Westman players help Manitoba youth win
WINNIPEG — Greg Hocking
pinch-hit single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the Manitoba youth team to a 4-3 victory over the North Dakota Mandan Chiefs in the Canada Day Classic tournament.
Hockin, from Neepawa, drove in Carberry’s Kevin McNeill. McNeill drew the first of three straight walks for Manitoba in the seventh inning.
Justin Dyck was credited with the win after pitching I 2/3 innings in relief of Manitoba starter Jason Neufeld.
Neufeld and Matt Lepage both drove in runs for Manitoba.
Meanwhile the Manitoba development team opened with a 7-1 victory over the Excelsior Tonka Mudhens from Minnesota.
Brandon’s Matt DeGagne pitched seven strong innings for the development squad.
Dean Manness picked up three hits and drove in three runs for the development team while Jeremy Wiebe also contributed three hits.
The Manitoba youth team plays Thunder Bay (at 9 a.m.) and Saskatoon (6 p.m.) today at Whittier Park.
The development team has contests against Edmonton (10:30 a.m.) and New Ulm, Minn., (7:30 p.m.) today at Optimist Park in St. James.
Flames opt to sign Rocket right winger
CALGARY — The Calgary Flames have signed 20-year-old right-winger Chuck Kobasew to a contract.
The Flames selected Kobasew from Osoyoos, B.C., with the 14th overall pick in the NHL draft last year.
Kobasew had 41 goals, 21 assists and 114 penalty minutes in 55 games for the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets.
The previous season the five-foot-11, 195-pound right-winger had 27 goals and 22 assists in 43 games for Boston College.
He was named to the Hockey East Conference’s second all-star team and was named MVP of the NCAA championship tournament.
— Canadian Press
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By Peter Muello
YOKOHAMA, Japan — It took half a century to happen, but this World Cup final could be worth the wait.
Brazil and Germany meet Sunday (6 a.m., COT, CBC, 12 p.m., CDT repeat, TSN, 2 a.m., repeat Monday, TSN) for the first time ever in soccer’s biggest event, a fitting stage for a clash spiced by 50 years of anticipation.
There’s something for everyone in this classic matchup of contrasting styles and strengths: The No. I offence vs. the No. I defence, Ronaldo vs. Oliver Kahn, artistry vs. discipline, Latin heat vs. European cool.
“Germany is a traditional team, cold, calculating, a three-time champion,” said Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. “We respect them deeply.
“It will be a great game, a historic game.”
All the two really have in common is
Brazil and Germany have dominated the sport since the Second World War, reaching the title match in 12 of the past 13 Cups. The only exception was in 1978, when host Argentina defeated the Netherlands.
Brazil won the tournament in 1958, ’62, ’70 and ’94 and the Germans triumphed in ’54, ’74 and ’90.
This time, however, they share something else. Both struggled in qualifying and came to the Cup with discredited
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Brazil lost an unheard-of six games, changed coaches three times and didn’t guarantee a spot until its final game with Venezuela.
The Germans also flirted with elimination but beat the Ukraine in a playoff.
Still, while pre-Cup favourites France, Argentina, England and Italy went home early, Brazil and Germany grew as the tournament went along.
Brazil’s “Three R” attack — Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho — clicked nght away. The three have 13 of the team’s tournament-leading 16 goals and are among the nominees for the Golden Ball award for the Cup’s most
Ronaldo laid to rest the doubts about the sturdiness of his nght knee, rebuilt in surgery that kept him away from the pitch for nearly two years.
The two-time FIFA player of the year leads all scorers with six goals, including the game-wmner in Brazil’s 1-0 win over Turkey in the semifinal.
“We’re going to come right at them, but with respect,” he said.
Rivaldo, relieved of his playmaking chores, has blossomed as a scorer and is tied with Germany’s Miroslav Klose with five goals.
Ronaldinho, the hero of Brazil’s epic 2-1 win over England, returns after a one-game suspension.
With veteran wingbacks Cafu and Roberto Carlos charging the flanks, Brazil has an arsenal unmatched at the Cup.
“The Germans don’t have to stop only one player. They have to take care of four good Brazilian players,” said Carlos Alberto Parreira, who coached Brazil to a record fourth World Cup title in 1994.
Even the defence, traditionally Brazil’s weak link, has jelled in the knockout round. The back line shut down England while playing with IO for most of the second half, and goalkeeper Marcos has three shutouts in six games.
“Since the beginning of the Cup we’ve been criticized,” said defender Lucio, who plays for Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen. “It’s good to get compliments, but our goal is to be champions.”
To do it, they’ll have to go through goalkeeper Kahn, who has yielded just one goal rn six matches.
“Undoubtedly Kahn is the best goalie in the World Cup and will be the main obstacle for Brazil,” Rivaldo admitted.
The Bayern Munich goalkeeper is not overly impressed with the three Rs.
“They are truly exceptional, but for me it’s nothing out of the ordinary,” he said.“They still have to show they can beat me.”
For Germany, the doubts are about its front line.
After an 8-0 spree against Saudi Arabia in its opening game, the offence has struggled. And the team will be without star midfielder Michael Ballack,
suspended with two yellow cards.
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Jeff Murray took the loss.
The Lyleton starter went six innings, giving up four runs on four hits.
He added five strikeouts.
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