Kratochvil knocks out sixth seed in Nottingham

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The Swiss tennis player, Michel Kratochvil, has knocked out a top ten seed in the first round of the Nottingham Open in Britain.

This content was published on June 18, 2001 - 16:12

Kratochvil, ranked 77th, beat Spain's Alberto Martin, seeded sixth, in straight sets 6-0, 6-4.

The Spaniard, a claycourt specialist, struggled from the outset on the grass court. He lost the first ten games before making a shortlived comeback in the sixth game of the second set.

Martin broke Kratochvil's serve and then won his next two service games pulling the score up to 5-4. But the 22 year-old Swiss player was undeterred and fought back to clinch a 6-4 victory.

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