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3rd May
2003
written by kat

from ATP Tennis
Juan Carlos Ferrero continues to bolster his reputation as the most feared player on clay this season, improving his clay record to 15-1. On Friday, the Spaniard defeated Agustin Calleri 6-3, 6-4 at the CAM Open Comunidad Valencianato to advance to his fourth ATP semifinal of the year. Ferrero began his season on clay at the Tennis Masters Monte-Carlo, where he captured the title. A week later, he stormed through the semifinals in Barcelona. And this week, he’s now two matches away from claiming his eighth career title in his home country. Ferrero now meets Flavio Saretta of Brazil, who upset No. 4 seed Gaston Gaudio 3-6, 7-6(3) 6-3.
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
Ferrero: “It was a well fought match. There were many breaks of serve and some long exchanges. I was able to put some big serves in and, to be honest, I was playing well. I have now reached at least the semifinals for three consecutive weeks and all I can think about is the title.”
“Mentally, I am feeling very strong. Maybe there are patches when the level of my tennis drops, but my game is there.”
On his next opponent:
“Gaudio is always a tough competitor. He was on the verge of beating me in Monte-Carlo. As for Saretta, I have only seen him practicing. He hits the ball hard.”
Saretta: “It was a very important victory for me because it was against one of the best players on clay. I played the tie-break very well and from there I found my confidence. In the third set, he tried to break my rhythm by stalling and talking to me, but I was too focused. I was having to fight hard for each game.”
On playing Ferrero
“Today I beat Gaudio, a better player than me, and Ferrero is even superior, but I will be playing with great confidence from today’s match. I have nothing to lose and everything to win.”

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