Stanford Alum Alex Kim Pulls Off Big Upset At Australian Open
Jan. 16, 2002
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Stanford University alum Alex Kim pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the first week of the Australian Open by upsetting fourth-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov in straight sets on Wednesday.
Kim, who compiled a 133-25 record during his four-year career on The Farm (1997-2001) disptached Kafelnikov 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in second round action.
Kim, who is ranked No. 234 in the world and beat Davide Sanguinetti of Italy, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round, reached match point with a shot that ticked the top of the net and dribbled over. Kafelnikov ended the 1-hour, 42-minute match with a backhand into the net.
'I don't think it's really hit me yet what's just happened out there,' Kim said. 'But I've worked really hard in the last month or so, and anything can happen in a Grand Slam. I felt confident going into the match -- not that I was going to win -- but that I was hitting the ball well and I think I had a good shot.'
Kafelnikov, who had never failed to reach the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park in seven previous trips, said he wasn't taking Kim lightly. He had heard the American was a good baseliner and fast around the court.
Kim played on NCAA Championship teams at Stanford in 1998 and 2000, and won the NCAA Singles Championship in 2000 by routing Kentucky's Carlos Drada 6-1, 6-1 in the final. Last year, he was the No. 1 ranked collegiate men's player for most of the season and finished at No. 3 to earn All-American honors for the second straight season.