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Kratochvil successful without coach

Swiss tennis player, Michel Kratochvil, has had a successful new start without his coach, Neil Borwick.

This content was published on March 5, 2002 - 21:55

After having ended his eight-month association with the Australian trainer, the Swiss number two defeated Argentinian fourth seed Guillermo Canas 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the first round of the ATP tournament in Scottsdale, United States.

With this victory Kratochvil stands a good chance of getting into the quarterfinals. The world number 42 will next face Juan Balcells from Spain, who he defeated easily in Gstaad last year.

“I only lost a serve once. This is a good sign,” Kratochvil said after the match in the US state of Arizona, where he is working with his former junior coach, Vojko Fersch.

Former Swiss star and ex-Davis Cup captain Jakob Hlasek is also set to join Kratochvil’s coaching staff in time for next week’s tournament in Indian Wells.

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