Novak clinches AIG title

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Fifth seed Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic beat seventh seeded American Taylor Dent in three sets to win the Japan Open in Tokyo on Sunday.

Novak clinches AIG title

Tokyo: Fifth seed Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic beat seventh seeded American Taylor Dent in three sets to win the Japan Open in Tokyo on Sunday.Novak came from a set down to win 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 and claim the sixth ATP Tour title of his career. Novak had enjoyed a good run to the final and eliminated top seeded Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the semi-finals on Saturday. A sloppy first set saw five breaks of serve, with the 23-year-old Dent edging it 7-5. Thereafter, the game settled down into a cat-and-mouse affair and Novak dragged himself back into the contest. The Czech seemed to find his range in the second set and easily levelled the match, courtesy of some ruthlessly efficient ground strokes. The second set went the way of Novak, 6-1 and the two players prepared to battle it out in the decider. Novak played steady tennis throughout the third seat to claim it 6-3. (AP)

Topics : Tennis
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