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Roddick, Blake, Nieminen Win Warm-up Events for Australian Open


Americans Andy Roddick and James Blake, along with Jarkko Nieminen of Finland have won warm-up events for the Australian Open - the first Grand Slam tennis event of the year.

Roddick beat German Tommy Haas in straight sets (6-3, 7-6) Saturday at an exhibition tournament in Melbourne, which will host the Australian Open starting Monday.

Eighth seed Blake needed three sets to get by unseeded Russian Igor Andreev (6-2, 3-6, 7-6) in the finals of the Sydney International tournament.

Seventh seed Nieminen broke a six-year title drought when he beat fifth seed Mario Ancic of Croatia in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) at the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand.

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

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