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Verdasco & Wozniacki seal titles

Fernando Verdasco
Verdasco was ranked 10th in the world going into the tournament

Fernando Verdasco won the first ATP hard court title of his career with a 6-4 7-6 (8-6) victory over Sam Querrey in the Pilot Pen final in New Haven.

The Spanish second seed had earlier beaten Russia's Igor Andreev 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) in the semi-finals.

Querrey had overcome Jose Acasuso of Argentina 6-3 6-4, with both semis played indoors because of bad weather.

In the women's final, Dane Caroline Wozniacki retained her title with a 6-2 6-4 win over Russian Elena Vesnina.

Verdasco, 25, needed only 32 minutes to dispatch Querrey in the first set and held a 4-2 lead in the second before the tall American fought back to break in the eighth game and force a tie-break.

"The second set was a little bit strange because I was 4-2 up, playing good," Verdasco said.

"He started playing much better, I started playing a little bit worse. I don't know how I turned it around again, with 6-3 down in the tie-break."

Second seed Wozniacki became the first woman since Venus Williams in 2002 to defend the the women's title.

"It was different (to last year)," said the 19-year-old. "Last year was my second final and my second tournament win. It was something new. This year it was already my seventh final."

Verdasco is seeded 10th for the US Open, which begins on Monday, and faces Germany's Benjamin Becker in the first round.

Wozniacki is the women's ninth seed at Flushing Meadows and plays Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan.



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