SALVADOR, Brazil -- Jan Vacek of the Czech Republic rallied
from a poor first set Sunday to win the Brazil Open, defeating
Fernando Meligeni of Brazil 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the title match.
Vacek's victory came a day after top-seeded Monica Seles beat
Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia 6-2, 6-3 in the women's final.
In beating the hometown favorite in the $1.025 million
tournament, Vacek was pelted by catcalls from the crowd.
"I have one advantage," Vacek said. "I don't understand
Portuguese. I didn't know what they were shouting."
Meligeni won the first set 6-2 and got off to a good start in
the second. But then Vacek began pushing the fifth-seeded Brazilian
to all corners of the court, taking the set in a tiebreaker.
In the third set, Vacek was in control, undeterred by the crowd.
At one point, Meligeni called on an assistant to massage a cramped
Down 5-2, Meligeni saved the first match point and went on to
break Vacek. The match ended with a duel at the net, with the
Brazilian missing a volley and Vacek dropping to the court.