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Dave Luddy reports for BBC Sport
"This final was a damp squib"
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Sunday, 16 September, 2001, 17:41 GMT 18:41 UK
Safin wins all-Russian final
Marat Safin at the US Open
Safin has been in good form late in the season
Marat Safin outplayed compatriot Yevgeny Kafelnikov to win the President's Cup 6-2 6-2 in Tashkent.

The victory gave defending champion and top seed Safin his first title of 2001, days after he and Kafelnikov suffered the disappointment of losing US Open semi-finals in New York.

It was the first time two Russians met in the final of an ATP tour event and Safin was delighted to have scooped the 400,000 first prize.

Kafelnikov
Kafelnikov: Affected by US terrorist attacks
"I'm happy to have won this tournament for the second time running," he said.

"Kafelnikov should not be forgotten. He played great this week and today he was very tired. Forgive him."

Safin also apologised for the speed of his victory, which came in less than an hour.

Momentum swung in his direction as early as the third game of the first set, when Kafelnikov made an error and gave up his serve at 0-40.

He failed to recover in a second set that was surprisingly one-sided.

'Psychological imprint'

Afterwards, Kafelnikov sought medical attention for an injured finger on his right hand, but said the emotional scars of terrorism in America cut deeper.

"This week left a psychological imprint on my life.

"It was impossible to watch the horrible scenes of the tragedy happening in the United States on television.

"I underwent deep psychological stress and it is a miracle that I reached the finals."

The Yunusabad tennis complex in Uzbekistan's capital held a moment of silence to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks.

In the doubles final, second-seeded Marius Barnard of South Africa and American Jim Thomas beat third-seeded Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia and Julien Boutter of France 6-4 3-6 7-6.

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