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continued his recent
resurgence by winning
his second title in three
weeks at the Erste Bank
Open yesterday and
boosting his chances of
making the cut for the
The 11th-ranked Mur-
ray rallied to defeat David
Ferrer 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in a
dramatic finish. The Scot
lost a 2-0 lead in the
deciding set but won four
straight games from 5-3
down, ending the match
with his ninth ace.
"It always feels good to
win a tournament," Mur-
ray said. "The third set,
especially, was very back
and forth so mentally it
was quite a tough match.
I just managed to be a little
bit more consistent toward
the end, a little bit more
Scot, who improved to 30-
14 in career finals, also
won in Shenzhen in Sep-
tember to end a 14-month
Murray became only
the fifth active player with
30 or more titles alongside
Roger Federer (81), Rafael
Nadal (64), Novak
Djokovic (46) and Lleyton
"I am proud of winning
30 tournaments, it s nice,"
Murray said. "When you
start, that s not something
you really think about. I
won my first one when I
was 18. I know how dif-
ficult it is to win tourna-
ments so I don t take any-
thing for granted."
The victory also
boosted Murray s
chances of getting to the
eight-man ATP finals in
London next month. The
Scot is in eighth position,
one ahead of Ferrer, in
the qualifying race to the
"Whoever qualifies for
the finals will deserve it,"
said Murray, who would
reach the tournament for
a seventh straight season,
though he pulled out fol-
lowing back surgery last
Ferrer and Murray
were ninth and tenth in
the race to London before
this week. They accepted
a late invitation to the
Vienna event and set up
the first ATP final
between two wild-card
entries since 2004.
Murray improved to 8-
6 against Ferrer, who had
beaten the Scot in
Shanghai ten days ago.
"Andy Murray, in the
important moments, he
played better than me,"
Ferrer said. "He has one
of the best returns of the
Ferrer dropped behind
Murray but overtook
Milos Raonic of Canada
in the qualifying race to
the finals and said he was
still confident of making
it to London.
"Of course I have a
chance, sure," said the
Spaniard, who, like Mur-
ray, will play in Valencia
next. "There are two
weeks more which are
important for me."
resurgence in Vienna
the final match
Ferrer from Spain at
the Erste Bank Open
tennis tournament in
Vienna, Austria, yesterday
MOSCOW---US Open champion
Marin Cilic won the Kremlin Cup
yesterday, beating Roberto Bautista
Agut 6-4, 6-4 in the final.
The big-serving Croat, seeded sec-
ond, broke his Spanish opponent once
in each set at Moscow s Olimpiisky
arena to take his 13th career title and
fourth of the season.
Earlier Sunday, sixth-seeded Anas-
tasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia defeat-
ed Romania s Irina-Camelia Begu 6-
4, 5-7, 6-1 to win the women s event.
The eighth-ranked Cilic said his
serve, usually his main weapon, was
not at its best.
"I wasn t able to hit big bombs. I
was today playing more in combina-
tions and I was playing a bit better
from the baseline," he said. "It was
many difficult physical rallies."
Cilic secured qualification Friday
for next month s ATP Finals in Lon-
don and said he was in good form to
face the rest of the world s top eight.
"I m going to be motivated to do
well," he said. "I ve been winning a
lot of matches in indoors which is for
sure one of my favourite surfaces to
Cilic becomes the first Croatian
man to win the Moscow ATP 250
tournament since his coach Goran
Ivanisevic beat Yevgeny Kafelnikov
In Bautista Agut, Cilic faced a close
friend but one he had not played
competitively since an under-14 tour-
nament 12 years ago. The 16th-ranked
Spaniard is now 2-2 in career finals.
In the women s final,
Pavlyuchenkova seized her chance
when Begu tired after two evenly-
Playing in her home city,
Pavlyuchenkova skipped across the
court with joy after converting her
second match point to become the
first Russian woman to win the Krem-
lin Cup since Elena Dementieva in
"It s just the best possible way to
end the season," Pavlyuchenkova said.
"It was a really tough match. I just
couldn t have lost at home."
The Russian is now 7-3 in career
WTA finals. The Kremlin Cup is her
season s second title after the Open
GDF Suez in Paris.
Pavlyuchenkova dropped just one
set in the five matches she played on
the way to the title, none of them
against a seeded opponent.
World No. 61 Begu is 1-3 in finals.
This was her first final since 2012.
Absent from the trophy presenta-
tion was Russian Tennis Federation
president Shamil Tarpischev, who was
banned for a year by the WTA on
Friday over derogatory comments
about the Williams sisters.
Tarpischev did, however, attend the
presentation for the men s final, which
was under the auspices of the ATP.
US Open champ Cilic
grabs Kremlin Cup
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