Canas wins Brasil Open title

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Wild card Guillermo Canas upset top-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the Brasil Open final on Sunday.

Updated: March 22, 2007 06:37 IST
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Costa Do Sauipe, Brazil:

Wild card Guillermo Canas upset top-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the Brasil Open final on Sunday to win his first tournament since returning from a doping ban. Canas, who returned to the ATP circuit last September following a 15-month doping suspension, didn't lose any sets at Costa do Sauipe en route to his seventh career title. "I'm really happy to win this first title after my return," the 29-year-old Argentine said. Following a 70-minute first set, Canas broke Ferrero's service to start the second set and again at 4-2, securing his first title since 2004 Shanghai. "The match was really close with both of us playing very well," Canas said. "I played better the key points of the match to win this final. I want to rest as much as possible to be able to win the Buenos Aires title (next week) in my home country." Ferrero, a former French Open winner, was trying to win his 12th career title, and first since 2003. "Canas is a very good player. He defends incredibly well and also has a good serve," Ferrero said. "The first set was very important because we both played two tough matches yesterday." Banned for doping Soon after reaching the 2005 French Open quarterfinals, Canas was suspended for two years for using a banned steroid the previous February. The ban was reduced on appeal to 15 months. He resumed playing unranked, and from September to January won five challenger tournaments in South America to get his ranking up to just outside 100. His only ATP-level event before this week was in January at the Zagreb Open, where he lost in the first round. "Not much has changed for the period I couldn't play," Canas said. "Some guys went up in the rankings and some others went down. I feel like I can face any player in the tour. My first goal for 2007 is to reach the top 20." The 27th-ranked Ferrero hadn't won an ATP title since 2003, when he won the French Open, was runner-up to Andy Roddick at the US Open and had an eight-week run at No 1. The 27-year-old Spaniard had won his only other encounter against Canas, in 2005 at the Master Series in Miami. Canas reached his first final since the title run in Shanghai by upsetting sixth-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela, also of Argentina, in straight sets on Saturday. Canas was ranked eighth in 2005 and is now 107th. In the doubles final, top-seeded Lukas Dlouhy and Pavel Vizner of Czech Republic defeated Albert Montanes and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain 6-2, 7-6 (4).

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