Verkerk upsets Kafelnikov in Milan final

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Martin Verkerk of the Netherlands served 30 aces on Sunday as he captured his first ATP career title, stunning fifth-seeded Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-4, 5-7,

Verkerk upsets Kafelnikov in Milan final

Milan: Martin Verkerk of the Netherlands served 30 aces on Sunday as he captured his first ATP career title, stunning fifth-seeded Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 in the $380,000 Milan Indoors tournament.Verkerk relied on his powerful serve, backhand passing shots and a few lapses of his opponent in key points to pocket the top prize of $52,000 and 50 points for the ATP Champions race.The unseeded Dutchman, ranked 90th in the ATP entry list, collapsed to the ground, overcome with emotion, after the Russian player netted a return, handing him the victory at IOL Arena."This is a little bit of dream for me, winning a big event like Milan," he said of the win, decided by a single break in each set.Sunday's loss prevented Kafelnikov, a 1995 Milan champion, from clinching a would-be 27th career singles title on his first ATP final in four months. The No.1 player in the world in 1999, the Russian has won at least one ATP title a year since 1994. (AP)

Topics : Tennis
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