STUTTGART, Germany, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- What was once a glamorous field at the $2.95 million Stuttgart Tennis Masters Series event has
been narrowed to Max Mirnyi and Tommy Haas
Mirnyi, a qualifier from Belarus who upset Pete Sampras in the quarterfinals, pulled another shocker Saturday, ousting fifth-seeded Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, in the
The 24-year-old Mirnyi never has won an ATP singles title and entered this event ranked No. 53 in the 2001 Champions Race. But he knocked off top-ranked Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil and Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic this past week before eliminating Sampras.
Sampras has won a record 13 Grand Slam championships and 63 titles overall, but the American now has played in 19 tournaments without winning a title.
Sampras is in seventh place in the 2001 Champions Race and is assured a berth in the Tennis Masters Cup, a tournament for the top eight players. He has played in the season-ending event 11 straight years.
In the other semifinal, the 15th-seeded Haas of Germany rallied to defeat No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. Hewitt, the U.S. Open champion, had his winning streak halted at 17 matches.
Along with winning the U.S. Open, Hewitt has captured two Davis Cup singles matches and the Japan Open prior to this Tennis Masters Series event.
The winner of five ATP titles this year, Hewitt would have ascended to the top spot in the ATP Champions Race by winning his first career TMS title this week. The 20-year-old lost in the Stuttgart final a year ago.
The champion at this tournament earns $434,000.