Originally created 01/03/01

American wild card upsets Norman

MADRAS, India -- Taylor Dent, a 19-year-old wild-card from the United States, upset top-seeded Magnus Norman in the first round of the Gold Flake Open on Tuesday 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Dent, ranked 144th in the world, broke the Swedish star in the eighth game and held serve to take the first set.

Norman went up 3-0 in the second set but Dent tied it 4-4. The players held serve the rest of the way, with Dent in command in the tiebreaker.

"I did not play my best tennis," Norman said. "It takes a lot to beat me. This guy is good."

Dent, from Newport Beach, Calif., was thrilled with the win.

"I think he was not prepared for me, Dent said. "This is a great start to the new year."

In other first-round matches Tuesday, third-seeded Cedric Pioline of France rallied past Galo Blanco of Spain 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Pioline, a semifinalist in this event last year, will next meet Ronald Agenor of Haiti. Agenor, the oldest player in the tournament at 38, topped Thomas Zib of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2.

Also, defending champion Jerome Golmard of France beat George Bastl of Switzerland 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-1; sixth-seeded Andrea Vinciguerra of Sweden downed Michael Kratochvil of Switzerland 7-6 (4), 6-3; and Tommy Robredo of Spain routed Leandar Paes of India 7-6 (4), 6-0.

Wayne Black of Zimbabwe was upset by Kristian Pless, a 19-year-old qualifier from Denmark.


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