Originally created 04/29/00

Spaniards advance at home

BARCELONA, Spain -- Spaniards Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya advanced to the semifinals of the Barcelona Open with victories that guaranteed at least one homegrown product will play for the championship Sunday.

Fererro won his quarterfinals match Friday, beating Chilean Marcelo Rios 6-3, 6-4, and will face Moya. He defeated German Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-4.

"Each day, I'm doing better," Moya said. "Tommy and myself were both serving well and the difference was in our baseline games. He made a couple of mistakes playing deep and that was the difference."

Moya left no doubt about which Spaniard he intends to see make the finals.

"It's good that there will a Spanish finalist, and I intend to do everything I can to be the one," he said. "I am going to treat Ferrero like a foreigner."

Ferrero's speed dominated his match as both players served well. Ferrero hit 73 percent of his first serves and Rios 70 percent. In the fourth and sixth games of the second set, Rios had Ferrero serving a deuce but couldn't break.

"Rios is very fast," Ferrero said. "I had to run hard during that second set to save the break, but I was making a lot of my own first serves and that made a difference."

Russian Marat Safin beat Ecuadorian Nicolas Lapentti 7-6 (3), 7-5 in another match. Safin must wait until Saturday morning to find out who he'll play in the afternoon because the quarterfinals match between Swede Magnus Norman and Younes El Aynaoui of Morocco was called off in the first set because of the rain.


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