Kuerten ousted on Long Island
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The Morrocan El Aynaoui earned a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win to vault himself into the semifinals. He was playing less than 24 hours after his wife gave birth to their third son in Paris.
"They (my family) definitely gave me some added energy tonight and I can’t wait to see my new baby boy," said El Aynaoui. "They are waiting for me back in Paris. I would like to have been there but tennis is my job, so I have to be here."
El Aynaoui banged out 16 aces and will now face American
Srichaphan handled American qualifier Jeff Morrison 6-4, 6-3 to set-up a Saturday semifinal against German
The world No. 11 Srichaphan defeated Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela in last year's Commack final, but a potential 2003 semifinal matchup here was spoiled by Kiefer, who dismissed an ailing Chela 6-1, 3-0 on Friday. Chela quit in the second set while suffering with a stomach virus at The Hamlet Golf & Country Club.
Srichaphan may be is winless in his career against Kiefer, but the two haven't met since 1999, a year in which Kiefer was a top-10 performer and Srichaphan finished at No. 106 in the world.
In Friday's other match, Blake squeezed out a hard-fought victory over
The 2003 TD Waterhouse titlist will claim $52,000.