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Qualifier Philipp Petzschner takes Vienna Open as Jankovic and Kunitsyn rule Russia.
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2008 17:10 GMT

Petzschner almost didn't enter the Vienna Open singles [AFP]
German qualifier and world number 125 Philipp Petzschner completed a remarkable week's tennis when he beat French eighth seed Gael Monfils 6-4 6-4 in the Vienna Open final.

Marat Safin lost to compatriot Igor Kunitsyn in the Kremlin Cup final to leave the former number one without a title since winning the Australian Open nearly four years ago.

Earlier, world number one Jelena Jankovic overpowered Vera Zvonareva 6-2 6-4 in the women's final to win her third title in a row.

David Nalbandian held his nerve to beat home favourite Robin Soderling at the Stockholm Open.

Temper temper

Petzschner, 24, put in a disciplined performance on Sunday as former junior world number one Monfils blew his temper and his chances of ending a four-year wait for his second ATP title.

"I don't think I have any feelings left," said Petzschner after his victory in an event at which he only originally planned to play doubles.

"It was always my long term-aim to break into the top 100," he added when asked about an anticipated rise of around 50 places in Monday's rankings.

"To do it like this is just incredible. I feel like my arm has gained about two kilos."

Monfils, the French world number 28, allowed himself to get distracted by some adverse line calls during his defeat.

Car up for grabs

Continuing to argue with umpire Fergus Murphy over a first service call, Monfils told the Irishman he would "bet my car" the ball was in.

Petzschner, who had never made it past the quarter-final of an ATP tournament before arriving in Vienna, saw off top seed Stanislas Wawrinka, former world number one Carlos Moya and 2004 Vienna Open champion Feliciano Lopez on his way to Sunday's final.

Unheralded Igor Kunitsyn upset former world number one Marat Safin 7-6 6-7 6-3 in an all-Russian Kremlin Cup final to clinch his maiden title on Sunday.

The 71st-ranked Kunitsyn, playing in his first ATP final, earned a decisive break in the sixth game of the final set, then held his nerve to seal victory with an ace down the middle.

Wildest dreams

Kunitsyn continued Safin's awful run [AFP]
"This is beyond my wildest dreams," Kunitsyn said.

"I'd never have expected to beat Marat in the final in Moscow."

Safin, seeded seventh, reached the final without hitting a ball when his semi-final opponent, German Mischa Zverev, withdrew with illness on Saturday.

The big Russian has not tasted success since winning the Australian Open in January 2005.

"I have only myself to blame," said Safin, who also lost to compatriot Nikolay Davydenko in the 2006 final in Moscow.

"If I had won the first set, it would have been a different story but he gained confidence as the match went on, played well in the end and deserved his victory."

Debut title

Jankovic, making her debut in Moscow, broke Zvonareva twice to take the first set in just over half an hour.

The in-form Serbian, who also beat the Russian on her way to winning titles in Stuttgart and Beijing in the past two weeks, led 4-2 in the second but allowed the seventh seed to break back to level at 4-4.

The top seed, however, earned another break in the ninth game before going on to clinch victory after 81 minutes when Zvonareva overhit her forehand on matchpoint.

"I've played her twice in the last two weeks so I really knew what to expect and was focused right from the start," said Jankovic.

"I dominated in the first set but in the second my concentration slipped a little bit but I was able to get myself together in the end."

No rest yet

The 23-year-old has been playing almost non-stop in the last couple of months and must keep going for another week before taking a well-deserved rest.

"I've worked really hard in the last three weeks, winning three titles in a row. It's not easy," she said.

"But I still have my commitments to play next week in Zurich. Then I'll take a two-week rest before playing (next month's season-ending WTA Championships) in Doha."

Argentine David Nalbandian held his nerve to beat Swede Robin Soderling 6-2 5-7 6-3 on Sunday and win the Stockholm Open in his first appearance at the tournament.

It was the ninth career win for Nalbandian, who goes to the Madrid Masters on Monday as the defending champion.

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