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Berdych beats Cilic to end title drought

UNWANTED RECORD:Tomas Berdych was the only player in the top 10 not to win an ATP Tour title last year after he lost in the finals in Marseille, Dubai and Bangkok

AFP, ROTTERDAM, Netherlands

Nishikori played very efficiently, not losing a point off his serve until the eighth game of the first set when up 30-0.

He fought off two break points before serving up an ace for the advantage and Karlovic hit a return long as Nishikori held serve for a 5-3 lead.

Karlovic did not make it easy as Nishikori finally converted on his fourth set point to take the first set in 40 minutes on a Karlovic backhand into the net.

In the second set, Karlovic found himself again having to hold his serve. He faced five break points and double-faulted twice before finally taking advantage of a Nishikori return that went wide, before Karlovic won the game with an overhead shot.

Nishikori dominated the tiebreaker from the start, hitting a passing shot past Karlovic for the mini-break. Karlovic hit forehands long on the next two points. Nishikori beat Karlovic with a passing shot off his forehand putting up him 5-0 that he celebrated with a fist pump.

Nishikori finished off the match with a forehand into the corner before Karlovic hit a return long.

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Reuters, BUENOS AIRES

David Ferrer won his third consecutive Buenos Aires ATP Tour clay-court title and the sixth in a row by a Spaniard, when he beat Italian Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 in the final on Sunday.

Ferrer had not planned to return this year, but stood in at the last minute following world No. 1 Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal through injury.

The 31-year-old was to climb to fourth in the world rankings yesterday.

“This title was very important to me after seven finals without a victory,” Ferrer said after claiming his 21st career win.

Fognini had won 10 matches in a row, including helping Italy beat Argentina in the Davis Cup and victory in the Chilean ATP tournament at Vina del Mar the previous weekend.

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