Blake takes title in Sydney

first_imgAmerican James Blake capped his Australian Open preparations with his fourth career ATP Tour title, beating Russian Igor Andreev 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3) today in the Sydney International. Blake won the championship on his first match point when Andreev hit a backhand into the net. Blake appeared strong at the end despite the high humidity and temperatures around 86 degrees. Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands won the Hobart (Australia) International with a 6-2, 6-1 win over practice partner Iveta Benesova on Friday. Andy Roddick advanced to the final of the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament in Melbourne, Australia when Nicolas Kiefer retired with an injured ankle Friday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the final set Andreev broke serve to take a 5-4 lead, but Blake broke back immediately to keep himself in the match. Blake is seeded 20th for the Australian Open, which begins Monday. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Justine Henin-Hardenne overcame deficits in the last two sets to rally for a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win Friday over Francesca Schiavone in the women’s final of the Sydney International. Heineken Open Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen beat Croatia’s Mario Ancic 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the Heineken Open today in Auckland, New Zealand, winning his first ATP Tour title. Nieminen made swift work of Ancic, breaking his serve in the third and seventh games of the first set and in the fifth and seventh games of the second. Ancic made his 25th unforced error on match point, giving Nieminen the win in 61 minutes. In other events … Top-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues won the Canberra (Australia) International on Friday with a 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 victory over South Korea’s Cho Yoon-jeong. last_img read more