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Nicolas Mahut won his third career
title after beating second-seeded
David Goffin 7-6 (1), 6-1 at the Top-
shelf Open yesterday, while fifth-seed-
ed Camila Giorgi of Italy won the
Giorgi clinched her first career title
with a 7-5, 6-3 win against Swiss
teenager Belinda Bencic.
Goffin had more aces than Mahut---
four compared to two---but failed to
convert any of his three break points.
Mahut, who won here in 2013, broke
Goffin three times.
Mahut mixed his game up well with
driving passing shots and slices. After
closing out the win with a volley, he
thrust his arms in the air.
The 33-year-old Frenchman's other
title was also on grass two years ago
at Newport, Rhode Island.
The 23-year-old Giorgi, who had
lost her three previous finals, proved
too strong on serve. She had eight aces,
lost only 19 points in 11 service games,
and offered no break points to her 18-
Giorgi, who saved three match points
in her quarterfinal win over Yaroslava
Shvedova, is the fourth player this year
to save match points on the way to a
WTA title, joining Andrea Petkovic,
Sara Errani and Daniela Hantuchova.
Unseeded Mahut, Giorgi take Topshelf Open
STUTTGART---Rafael Nadal defeated
Viktor Troicki 7-6 (3), 6-3 yesterday
to win the Mercedes Cup for the third
time and claim his first title on grass
since Wimbledon in 2010.
The top-seeded Spaniard, who had
no aces in his semifinal win over Gael
Monfils, ended the first set tiebreaker
with an ace---his ninth. Nadal saved
the only break point he faced.
Playing with evident confidence
against the eighth-seeded Troicki,
Nadal converted his first opportunity
to go 3-1 up in the second set and he
served out the win in 1 hour, 27
"I'm really, really happy. It's my
second win this year and it gives me
a lot of confidence," said Nadal, after
his 66th career victory and fourth on
Nadal was made to work hard
against Bernard Tomic and Marcos
Baghdatis in the early rounds but
improved as the tournament pro-
gressed and looks to be in good shape
"It was a great week for me," Nadal
The 14-time Grand Slam winner
maintained his unbeaten record
against Troicki with his fifth win over
the 28th-ranked Serb.
Nadal previously won the tourna-
ment in 2005 and 2007 when it was
still on clay. It made the switch to
grass as a Wimbledon tune-up this
Spain's Rafael Nadal attends the final match
of the ATP Mercedes Cup tennis tournament
against Viktor Troicki from Serbia, in
Stuttgart, Germany, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Troicki not good
enough to stop Nadal
BAKU---International Olympic Com-
mittee President Thomas Bach praised
the inaugural European Games for
promoting harmony between peoples
yesterday, even as tensions between
host nation Azerbaijan and neighbor-
ing Armenia threatened to overshad-
ow the sporting action.
In a statement, Bach praised the
sight of Russian and Ukrainian athletes
competing together despite the conflict
in eastern Ukraine, adding that "we
see Armenian athletes alongside their
hosts from Azerbaijan ... This is the
power of sport to bring people togeth-
er."Armenia sent athletes to the games
despite a long-running conflict with
the host nation, but they have been
booed on many occasions by the home
crowds, starting with Friday's opening
Sunday saw Armenian wrestler
Migran Arutyunyan jeered as he lost
the men's 66-kilogrammes Greco-
Roman wrestling final to Russia's Arty-
om Surkov. Despite expressing anger
at the refereeing, Arutyunyan struck
a conciliatory tone about his treatment
from the crowd.
"I already came here in the mood.
I already knew it would be like that,"
"Despite the fact that people were
shouting and whistling, there are a lot
of good people ... I'm even sorry for
them because they're people to me,
we're all the same."
On Saturday, Azerbaijani fans booed
another Armenian wrestler and a Russ-
ian wrestler of Armenian heritage.
The crowd's reaction should be seen
as a manifestation of a sporting rivalry
rather than political tension, argued
Azerbaijani wrestler Elvin Mursaliev,
the gold medal-winner in the men's
75kg Greco-Roman event.
"They're our competitors, and obvi-
ously no one in Azerbaijan, whether
as an athlete or a spectator, would want
to support one of the competitors of
the Azerbaijani team," he said through
region and some adjacent territory have
been under the control of Armenian
soldiers and local Armenian forces since
a 1994 cease-fire that ended a six-year
war. There have been clashes on the
border on a number of occasions over
the last year.
With Kosovo competing in its first
major games under its own flag after
becoming a full IOC member in
December, Bach also said he was happy
to see Serbs and Kosovans compete
together. Serbia claims Kosovo as part
of its territory.
Kosovo came close to winning its
first medal Sunday, but its hopes were
dashed as Alvin Karaqi lost his bronze
medal match in men's karate.
IOC's Bach praises
European Games harmony
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