Top-seeded Mats Wilander won't flat out predict his third U.S. Pro tennis championship in four years, but concedes he should be playing for the $50,575 first prize come Sunday.
The 23-year-old Swede rumbled through his first two matches in the $415,000 tournament at Longwood Cricket Club in straight sets but insisted his 6-3, 6-2, victory Thursday over Todd Witsken of Carmel, Ind., was closer than it sounded.Wilander trailed momentarily in each set but twice ran off strings of five straight games to win handily.
"The score sounds easy, but I felt he wasn't that far away," Wilander insisted of his third-round victim. "I think I should win here. If I play my normal game, I should make it to the finals."
"I felt good and he made some errors early," Witsken said of his short-lived 2-0 lead in the first set. But, he admitted, it was a different matter later.
"He just didn't make any errors and I don't have a powerful enough game to hurt him," the 24-year-old Witsken said.
Wilander had praise for the tournament's second seed, Andre Agassi, who also won handily before a capacity crowd Thursday night.
Agassi defeated Fernando Luna, 6-2, 6-3.
Third-rated Brad Gilbert was ousted by Michael Kures, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) and fourth-seeded Guillermo Perez-Rodan of Argentina lost 6-1, 6-4 to Lawson Duncan.