Stepanek beats Verdasco for Brisbane title

Updated: 11 January 2009 10:54 IST

Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic came from a set down for a third straight match to beat Spain's Fernando Verdasco and win the Brisbane International.

Stepanek beats Verdasco for Brisbane title

Brisbane:

Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic came from a set down for a third straight match to beat Spain's Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday and win the Brisbane International final.

The eighth-seeded Stepanek claimed his third ATP career title and first since Los Angeles in 2007 in 2 hours, 13 minutes. He celebrated his win with a comical attempt at on-court break dancing before a capacity crowd of 5,500 at Pat Rafter Arena.

The third-seeded Verdasco, attempting to win his first title on a hard court, started off strongly. But Stepanek overcame early serving problems and then mixed up an array of deft drop shots and big forehands to extend a 3-0 record against Verdasco.

Like he did in the quarterfinals against Robin Soderling of Sweden and semifinal against Richard Gasquet of France, Stepanek won after losing the first set.

More than 65,000 spectators attended the inaugural Brisbane International over eight days, well ahead of the initial target of 50,000, tournament officials said on Sunday.

The joint ATP-WTA tournament replaced the smaller men's ATP event in Adelaide and women's WTA event on the Gold Coast. Victoria Azarenka of Belarus won the women's title on Saturday, beating Marion Bartoli of France 6-3, 6-1.



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