guga watch 2007: knocked out of the Tennis Channel Open



kuerten at the 2007 Tennis Channel Open

Even though Guga qualified for the round robin part of the Tennis Channel Open (after beating Wesley Moodie), he lost to Jan Hermych and did not make it to the last eight.

Full story from Yahoo! Sports Tennis below the cut.

Beaten Kuerten content with progress of comeback

By Simon Cambers

LAS VEGAS, March 1 (Reuters) — Former world number one Gustavo Kuerten missed out on a quarter-final spot at the Las Vegas Open on Thursday but said he was satisfied with the progress of his comeback.

The Brazilian had qualified for the round-robin stage but was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Jan Hernych. The Czech advanced to the last eight.

But having only played one match in 2006 after hip surgery, world No. 804 Kuerten said he was pleased with his efforts.

“I was able to play well and hit the ball pretty good. I still have doubles and it will be good for me to finish the week strong and start again next week,” he said.

“Today was the only day that I felt a little tired, but that is to be expected after playing singles and doubles yesterday.”

The Brazilian’s ranking is likely to soar over the next few weeks as he has been awarded wildcards into next month’s two Masters Series events in Indian Wells and Miami, which both carry significant rankings points.

The 30-year-old said the process of rebuilding his game was the most important thing.

“It will not be my only concern to win matches,” he said. “Obviously I will try to win but I will work on all the other things that are important for me.”

Kuerten won three French Open titles in 1997, 2000 and 2001 but said that he would only be in Paris this year if he continued to make good progress.

“(T)he French Open is so special for me, so I don’t want to just go there to be there. I would rather get myself ready, maybe for the next year. I want to be 100 percent.”

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