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Lopez Wins CA Trophy Tennis Tourney


Spanish tennis player Feliciano Lopez captured the first ATP title of his career, as he outlasted Guillermo Canas of Argentina in a five-set marathon at the CA Trophy tournament in Vienna.

In the event's first five-set final since 1997, the eighth-seeded Lopez needed more than three and one-half hours for the 6-4, 1-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 victory. He becomes the first Spanish winner in the tournament's history.

Canas served a double fault on a break point to concede the only service break in the final set. It effectively cost him what could have been his fourth title in three months. Since mid-July, Canas had won 24 matches while losing only two.

Lopez had won their only previous encounter, a five-set win at Wimbledon in 2002.

Third-seeded Anastasia Myskina defeated number-five Elena Dementieva 7-5, 6-0 to defend her title in the first-ever all-Russian final at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow.

Both players struggled with their serves in the first set Sunday which saw nine breaks in 12 games. Myskina was down 5-3 the first set before winning 10 straight games to close out the match.

In the men's final, another Russian, eighth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko, came back from a loss in the first set to beat unseeded Greg Rusedski of Great Britain, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. The final was decided in a spectacular third set. Davydenko was 5-4 and 40-30 down on his serve in the tenth game, before saving three match points to stay in contention.

It was the first dual home victory for Russian players at the ATP and WTA event in fifteen years.

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