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Tennis: World Champ Roger Federer Wins  12th Consecutive Tournament  - 2004-10-03

The world's number one ranked tennis player, Roger Federer of Switzerland, has won the Thailand Open in Bangkok - his 12th consecutive tournament win, a feat matched only twice before, by tennis greats Bjorn Borg of Sweden and John McEnroe of the United States.

Federer took only 58 minutes to beat American Andy Roddick, who was slowed by an injury, in Sunday's final. Roddick, who was seeded second, went down in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0.

Roddick started strong, blasting five aces past Federer in the first game, but had to take treatment for a sore elbow later in the set. He said he thinks he hurt it Saturday during his semifinal against Russian Marat Safin.

Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic captured the first ATP tennis title of his career with a victory at the International Championship of Sicily tournament in Palermo.

The eighth-seeded 19-year-old needed just one hour Sunday to defeat number-five Filippo Volandri of Italy, 6-3, 6-3.

Volandri, who eliminated Olympic champion and defending champion Nicolas Massu of Chile in the quarterfinals, was trying to become the first Italian to win the Palermo title in 20 years.

Third-seeded Guillermo Canas of Argentina has won his third tennis title of the year at the Shanghai Open hardcourt tournament in China.

Canas easily defeated Germany's Lars Burgsmuller in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0, Sunday. He has won 18 of his last 19 matches.

The 26-year-old Argentine, currently ranked 24th in the world, says his aim is to make it into the top 10.

Canas also has tournaments this year at Stuttgart, Germany, and Umag, Croatia. He has six career singles titles.