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Davydenko bags Hamburg crown

NIKOLAY Davydenko beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-2 yesterday to win the German Open in Hamburg, his first title of the year.

The second-seeded Davydenko captured the 15th title of his career and became the first Russian to win the claycourt tournament. The Russian broke for a 4-3 lead and never looked back. Mathieu, the 13th-seeded Frenchman, lost his first final of the year. Injuries forced Davydenko to miss close to four months this season. In Bad Gastein, Austria, Andrea Petkovic of Germany beat Ioana Raluca Olaru of Romania 6-2, 6-3 yesterday to capture her first career WTA Tour title at the Gastein Ladies. The 98th-ranked Petkovic has won eight titles on the lower ranked ITF circuit.


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