Tata Open final: Moya beats Srichaphan

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/C/Carlosmoya.jpg' class='caption'> Former world number one Carlos Moya of Spain beat defending champion Paradorn Srichaphan in the final of the Tata Open in Chennai.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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Former world number one Carlos Moya of Spain started the ATP season in style, dethroning defending champion Paradorn Srichaphan in a closely fought duel for supremacy in the Tata Open tennis championship here tonight. Playing before a packed stadium, Moya beat the Thai star 6-4 3-6 7-5 (5) in a match that lasted 114 minutes. Moya, the 1998 French Open champion, thus became the fourth top seeded player to claim the title. This was Moya's 15th Tour title and his second win over Paradorn. The Thai had lost to Moya in a tour match in Miami last year. With the rivals playing to their potential and not willing to yield much, the match went to the wire and Moya was able to win the last two points, particularly the match point on Paradorn's serve, as the latter sent the ball wide and long. Moya summed up his match as one of the best finals he had played in and gave credit to Paradorn for his recovery in the second set. "Paradorn is a champion and took the match to the wire today. It was a situation where one of us had to win and I was able to do it to start the season on a good note," Moya said. Paradorn returned Moya's compliments and said, "I hope Moya and I will be able to keep up this momentum throughout the year". (PTI)

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