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Kafelnikov wins Kremlin Cup

November 9, 1997

MOSCOW (AP) _ Russia’s Yevgeny Kafelnikov downed Petr Korda of the Czech Republic in straight sets, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, to capture the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament on Sunday.

The win was a sweet one for top-seeded Kafelnikov, who lost last year’s final at Moscow’s indoor Olympic Stadium.

Kafelnikov started out strong, breaking Korda’s serve in the second game. But then Korda, the second seed, broke back in the next game.

Both players then held serve, sending the set into a tiebreaker. The only other break came with Korda serving in the third game of the second set.

Kafelnikov, 11th in the world rankings, had played Korda twice before this year, beating him both times: in the finals at Halle and in the semifinals on his way to winning in New Haven.

Korda, ranked 15th, has yet to win a tournament this year. He was runner-up to Michael Chang in Washington in July.

Kafelnikov will get $157,400, while $93,000 goes to Korda as the runner-up.

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