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MUNICH---Pablo Larrazabal won the
BMW International Open by one shot
yesterday for his fourth European Tour
The Spaniard, who also won the
tournament in 2011, closed with a
bogey-free 6-under 66 to finish with a
17-under 271 on the Eichenried Golf
Sweden's Henrik Stenson shot five
birdies and an eagle for a 65 but
finished a stroke back after Larrazabal
seized the lead with his sixth birdie on
the par-4 16th hole.
Larrazabal is the third golfer to win
the tournament for the second time
after Paul Azinger of the United
States and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark.
Chris Paisley was in contention until
a bogey on the 17th left him two shots
behind in third with a 71. It was a
career-best finish for the Englishman.
Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat
(68), Spain's Carlos del Moral (69) and
South Africa's Retief Goosen (67)
were three strokes behind Larrazabal
for a share of fourth.
Larrazabal wins BMW International Open
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and none could beat
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after his team
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LONDON---After losing in the French
Open final, Novak Djokovic wanted
nothing to do with tennis.
For about a week, anyway.
Now, with his opening match at
Wimbledon coming today on Centre
Court, the top-ranked Serb is firmly
focused on defending his title.
"Took me some time really to recover
and to rest after Paris. I didn t want to
think about tennis too much," said
Djokovic, who lost to Stan Wawrinka
in four sets at Roland Garros. "Got
myself on the court about 10 days ago,
started practicing on grass.
"Right now I think I m also 100 per-
Wimbledon starts this year a bit later
than normal, with a three-week break
since the French Open. That gave some
players more opportunity to make the
transition from the slow red clay to the
faster grass surface, and gave others
the chance to rest.
Roger Federer and Andy Murray, two
of Djokovic s main rivals at the All Eng-
land Club, both won grass-court tour-
naments in the buildup to Wimble-
don. But Djokovic hasn t played a
competitive match since facing
Wawrinka in Paris.
"It s not of my concern, hon-
estly. I just want to get myself
in a best possible shape,"
Djokovic said Sunday. "I m
aware of the adjustment
that is required move-
and also mentally for the
grass courts coming from
women s champion,
Petra Kvitova, won t
start her tourna-
ment until Tues-
day. The sec-
Czech will play
Kiki Bertens of
in the first round.
Kvitova also hasn t played
since the French Open, where
she lost in the fourth round. And
she took some time off earlier
in the year to rest, skipping
big tournaments in Paris
"I feel much better
than before. I m really
happy to be back on the
court to play tennis, to
really do what I love,"
Kvitova said. "It was
really tough decision
for me to miss the
two big tourna-
March. I did do
it. I m glad that
I did it."
back to the
year, she could
end up facing
American, who is
looking to win her
third major title of
the year and is on
course for a
open Monday against Margarita Gas-
paryan of Russia on Court No. 1.
Kvitova beat Williams in the semi-
finals at the Madrid Open last month.
"For sure for me was great win. I
never beat her before," Kvitova said. "I
knew what I have to play. That s what
I think is the key if I want to beat her.
But it s still long way if I m going to
meet Serena here."
The other woman in the mix is Maria
Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon
champion. Sharapova is seeded fourth
and will face Johanna Konta of Britain
in the first round, following Djokovic
on court in the main stadium on Mon-
The final match on Centre Court on
the opening day will see Wawrinka face
Joao Sousa of Portugal.
Wawrinka is heading into Wimbledon
after winning his second major title at
the French Open. He also won the 2014
Grass, however, hasn t been the Swiss
player s best surface.
"Every year it s been better for me.
I think since three years now, I feel
really good," Wawrinka said Saturday.
"I think I still feel grass is good for
me. It s important to be ready, to
feel good physically, to move well."
Despite Wawrinka s win over
Djokovic this month, it s the 28-
year-old Serb who remains the
favorite at Wimbledon.
Djokovic is 41-3 this year and
has twice won the title at the
All England Club, including last
year s five-set victory over Fed-
erer. But he ll have a tough
opening match against Philipp
Kohlschreiber, a 31-year-old
German who has beaten
Djokovic once in seven match-
"Hopefully tomorrow when
I get on the court I ll be able
to perform my best because
that s something that is going
to be very much needed in
order to win against
Kohlschreiber," said Djokovic,
the Australian Open cham-
pion. "It s one of the tough-
est first rounds I could get.
But this is Grand Slam. This
is what it takes."
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic
holds his broken racket after
losing the second set in the
men's final of the French
Open tennis tournament
Stan Wawrinka at the
Roland Garros stadium,
in Paris, France on
June 7. AP PHOTO
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