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Tennis: Mark holds his nerve.

MARK Philippoussis kept his cool in a tense second-set tiebreaker to beat Gustavo Kuerten 7-6, 7-6, to reach the final of the Paris Tennis Masters Series.

The Australian, seeded 13, saved five set points in the tiebreaker before finally sealing victory on his fourth match point.

The form of Philippoussis, winner of the Sybase Open in San Jose earlier this year, has soared since Peter McNamara became his coach.

The 23-year-old, who reached the final of the Hong Kong tournament last month, seeks his second Masters Series title and the ninth title win of his career.

The loss was a blow to the second-seeded Kuerten, who is locked in a battle with Marat Safin at the head of the ATP Champions Race.


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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 19, 2000
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