Ljubicic upsets Moya to win Chennai Open

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:39 IST

World number nine Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia upset defending champion Spaniard Carlos Moya 7-6, 6-2 to win the singles crown at the Chennai Open.

Chennai:

World number nine Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia upset defending champion Carlos Moya of Spain 7-6, 6-2 to win the singles crown at the Chennai Open. It was an evenly matched encounter in the first set till the Croat saved two set points to it. Later, he steamrolled Moya in the second set to win the championship. "I felt I was the one dictating the whole tempo, which is very good. Carlos, normally he is the one who dictates. When you control the match you are always confident," Ljubicic said. Smooth sailing In the doubles final, it was a smooth sailing for Michal Mertinak and Petr Pala against the Indian wildcards Prakash Amritraj and Rohan Boppana. Mertinak and Pala won the first set 6-2. The Indian duo went 5-0 ahead in the second set, but the Chec-Slovak pair played smart tennis and broke the Indians three consecutive times to win the set 7-5 and seal the match. It was a weeklong great tennis action in Chennai, the hometown for many tennis legends. Thanks to the efforts and support of the Tamil Nadu government the city is able to retain this championship, reversing the uncertainty that prevailed over its continuation.

Topics : Tennis Ivan Ljubicic
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