Schuettler, Kuerten to meet in Brasil Open semis
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Schuettler, currently sixth in the ATP Champions Race, has won 52 matches this year (52-23), including a 14-4 record at the Grand Slam events.
The third-seeded Kuerten blitzed fellow Brazilian Ricardo Mello 6-2, 6-2 to set-up the showdown with the German Schuettler. "Guga" is a perfect 3-0 lifetime against Schuettler, including a semifinal victory on the hardcourts at Indian Wells earlier this season.
The three-time French Open titlist and former world No. 1 Guga bested Argentine
Friday's other quarterfinal action saw second-seeded Dutchman
Schalken will meet Etlis in Saturday's other semi, with the Dutchman holding a 1-0 all-time series edge. The two haven't met since Schalken posted a victory in Bogota, Colombia in 1996.