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`B’ BOYS MAKE IT AN ALL-SPANISH FINAL

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For the first time in four years, Jim Courier won't be playing in the French Open final. For the first time in history, two Spaniards will.

On a windswept day at Roland Garros, defending champion Sergi Bruguera pummeled Courier 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in a match between last year's finalists.Alberto Berasategui, Bruguera's Davis Cup teammate and bar-hopping partner, used his ferocious forehand to bludgeon Magnus Larsson 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 in just 72 minutes to become the first unseeded player to make the final since Mikael Pernfors in 1986.

It will be the first Grand Slam final ever between two Spanish men - a feat celebrated Friday by a small group of Spanish fans waving flags in the upper section of the Center Court stadium.

"This is history for Spain," Bruguera said. "This is what everybody in Spain wants."

Berasategui, this year's new clay-court sensation, was overwhelmed to be part of the occasion. Ranked No. 23, he has reached the final without losing a set.

"Maybe someone has to come and wake me up," he said. "I never thought of making the finals. But I guess my dream came true."

Another Spaniard, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, is in Saturday's women's final against Mary Pierce of France.

When Courier and Bruguera began their match shortly after noon, the stands were less than half full - apparently because the early starting time conflicted with the lunch hour and the dark, windy conditions suggested rain might be on the way.

"It wasn't a great day, let's face it," Courier said in a statement that aptly summed up both the weather and his game.

Bruguera needed five draining sets to beat Courier in last year's final, ending his two-year reign as champion. He said it was easier this time, in part because Courier no longer has an invincible attitude.

"I think he played the same, but maybe he doesn't have the confidence he had the years before," Bruguera said. "Maybe when he lost to me last year, he lost a little bit of that confidence."

In the past, Courier used to dictate the play on clay with his big serve and hammer forehand. But this time, Bruguera had Courier on a string, controlling the points with his forehand - a wrenching, open-stance stroke which imparts tremendous topspin on the ball.

"I controlled the match better this year," Bruguera said. "I felt that I had more power than him, that I could move him around and that he couldn't attack as well as last year."

Courier committed an unusual amount of unforced errors, 64, more than twice the number by Bruguera .

"At times, he pressed me, but more often than not, I just made kind of loose mistakes," Courier said. "What I lacked in the defining moments of the match was aggression."

The swirling wind often played havoc, kicking up the red clay and turning an ordinary shot into an adventure.

"I'm from Florida and used to playing in wind," Courier said. "I just didn't adjust well enough today."

Bruguera has a 3-1 career record against Berasategui, including a 6-7, 6-0, 6-0 victory this spring in Monte Carlo. The two are frequent hitting partners and travel companions.