Thursday, August 10, 2000

Rain delay rescues Kuerten

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Gustavo Kuerten
(AP photo)
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        MASON — Fourth-seeded Gustavo Kuerten might have been saved by Wednesday's lengthy rain delay. Kuerten defeated 35-year-old Gianluca Pozzi 7-5, 6-3, though he might have retired during the first set if he had had to keep playing.

        He called trainers to the court because he was ill.

        “I don't know, I was just feeling bad, something strange, no breath,” Kuerten said. “Probably heat. I just started feeling dizzy. They tried to make me drink a lot. Maybe it was dehydration. ... Maybe I ate something bad, too.”

        Kuerten led 5-4 in the first set when the match was delayed almost four hours. During that time, he drank more and slept.

        “When I got back, I was feeling so much better,” he said.

        Kuerten plays today against Stefan Koubek, who defeated Andrea Gaudenzi 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.

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