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Ljubicic Beats Moya to take Chennai Open Tennis Title


Top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia has broken Spaniard Carlos Moya's hold on the Chennai Open tennis tournament by beating the two-time defending champion 7-6, 6-2 in the title match in India.

The third-seeded Moya, who was trying for his third straight title at this event, squandered a 4-0 lead in the first set tiebreaker Sunday. Ljubicic then dominated Moya in the second set.

But before making it to the title match, Ljubicic had to get past Belgium's Kristof Vliegen in a semifinal match disrupted by heavy rain Saturday night. Ljubicic led the match 3-1 in the first set when the match was suspended.

Resuming Sunday, Ljubicic won the first set 6-3, before dropping the second set 3-6. The Croatian then survived a scare from Vliegen by rallying from 0-3 and 2-5 deficits in the final set tiebreaker to win the match, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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