Volandri wins second title

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

Filippo Volandri won the second title of his career Sunday at the Palermo International, beating Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador 5-7, 6-1, 6-3.

Volandri wins second title

Palermo: Filippo Volandri won the second title of his career Sunday at the Palermo International, beating Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador 5-7, 6-1, 6-3. Volandri, ranked 38th, became the first Italian winner in Palermo in 22 years. Volandri took control in the fifth game of the third set, converting his fourth break point to take a 3-2 lead. He then broke again with a backhand winner down the line to close the match out in 2 hours, 14 minutes. The last Italian champion on the red clay courts of Palermo was Francesco Cancellotti, who beat Miloslav Mecir in the 1984 final. "I wanted to win at all costs. It was really important to me," Volandri said. Volandri was runner-up in the last two years, losing the 2004 final to Igor Andreev and in 2005 to Tomas Berdych. Lapentti had four breaks of serve to Volandri's three in the opening set. Lapentti broke again in the opening game of the second set before Volandri won six straight games to even the match. Volandri improved to 2-6 in career finals. His only previous title came at St. Poelten, Austria, in 2004. He also reached two other finals on clay this year, losing to Carlos Moya in Buenos Aires in February and Jurgen Melzer in Bucharest two weeks ago. "On this surface I'm convinced that I'm among the top-10 players in the world. The results say so," Volandri said. "I will continue to arrange my schedule mostly on clay." Lapentti was playing his first final since 2003. Ranked as high as No. 6 in 1999, Lapentti is currently at No. 84. The last of his five career titles came in St. Poelten in 2002. "I'm satisfied with my tournament," Lapentti said. "I got my confidence back." (AP)
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