One of the most unexpected French Open semifinals & the shortest ones in terms of the match-time – it lasted only 71 minutes! Larsson  seemed to be very tired after a 5-set quarterfinal thriller against Hendrik Dreekmann  while Berasategui , who had surprised everyone with his obsessive forehand, was playing off his backhand tremendously well on that day – under those circumstances the 23 cm taller Swede couldn’t do anything interesting. Bersategui’s advancement to the French Open final has been absolutely incredible, especially in retrospect: he not only didn’t drop a set, he spent on the Parisian courts just over 8 hours in six matches (!) defeating five opponents (two seeded) he wasn’t a clear favorite against. His amazing route to the final:
1R Wayne Ferreira 6-3 ret.
2R (14)Cedric Pioline 6-4, 7-5, 6-3
3R Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
4R Javier Frana 6-2, 6-0 ret.
QF (5)Goran Ivanisevic 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
SF Magnus Larsson 6-3, 6-4, 6-1
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