Germany beats U.S.; Chileans top Czechs at tennis World Team Cup

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2005

DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The United States lost to Germany 2-1 Sunday in the World Team Cup after dropping both singles matches.

Tommy Haas topped Vincent Spadea 6-2, 6-4 and Nicolas Kiefer beat Jeff Morrison 6-2, 6-2. But the Americans got one point in doubles when Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan defeated Haas and Alexander Waske 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 7-5.

Defending champion Chile topped the Czech Republic 2-1 as Fernando Gonzalez beat Jiri Novak 6-3, 6-1, and Nicolas Massu downed Tomas Berdych 7-6 (5), 6-3.

In doubles, Berdych and Novak beat Hermes Gamonal and Adrian Garcia 6-4, 6-4. The start of the tournament was delayed for an hour by rain.

The eight-nation field is split into two groups, with the winners advancing to the final Saturday.

Argentina, Chile, the Czech Republic and France are in the Red Group, while the United States, Germany, Spain and Sweden are in the Blue Group.

Hamburg Masters

HAMBURG, Germany — Top-ranked Roger Federer beat French teenager Richard Gasquet 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (4) Sunday to defend his Hamburg Masters title and win his tour-leading sixth championship of the year.

By avenging one of only two losses this year, Federer stretched his Open era record — he has now won 19 consecutive finals he has played since October 2003.

Federer is 41-2 this year. Going back to the beginning of last year's U.S. Open, Federer is 57-2.

Federer lost to Gasquet last month in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

On Sunday, Federer took early control and never relinquished it, although Gasquet was no pushover.

''Once you've won once or twice here, you come into the tournament with confidence,'' said Federer, who didn't drop a set on the way to his 28th career title.

The 18-year-old Gasquet looks like a younger version of Federer: both use big groundstrokes, one-handed backhands, cover the court well and can hit winners from both sides.

Italian Open

ROME — Amelie Mauresmo rallied to defend her Italian Open title Sunday with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over eighth-seeded Patty Schnyder.

After trading breaks early in the second set, Mauresmo became more aggressive after a verbal exchange with chair umpire Romano Grillotti.

A linesman ruled Schnyder's serve was in, but Mauresmo didn't play the ball, circling a mark on the clay instead. Grillotti came down and pointed to a different mark and ruled the shot was good.

''I was very (upset) with him because I showed him the mark, but he said it was another mark but he was not able to show me the other mark,'' Mauresmo said.

Four points later, after another of Schnyder's shots landed with a visibly wide margin outside the line, Mauresmo extended her arms and glared at Grillotti in a mocking gesture.

Mauresmo improved to 25-6 this season and won her 17th career title. Winning this $1.3 million clay-court title also gives her momentum for the French Open, which starts May 23.

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