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Saturday, 12 January, 2002, 04:49 GMT
Sydney success for Federer
Roger Federer in action in Sydney
Federer was always in command against qualifier Chela
Roger Federer secured his second career ATP Tour title after a comfortable 6-3 6-3 victory over Juan Ignacio Chela at the Sydney International.

The second seed wrapped up proceedings in just 50 minutes against the Argentine, who was attempting to become the first qualifier ever to win the tournament.


I really didn't expect to win this tournament
Roger Federer

Chela, who was banned for three months after testing positive for nandrolone last year, immediately found himself on the backfoot as Federer imposed his authority from the baseline.

The second seed won the first set in just 24 minutes before claiming the second - and the match - in 26 minutes.

"I'm happy to start a year like this," said Federer, whose previous tournament success came in Milan last year.

The victory is sure to boost his prospects of success at the Australian Open on Monday.

"I really didn't expect to win this tournament. My preparation for the Open has been good, but with Grand Slams you need a little bit of luck," he added.

In the men's doubles final, top seeds and Wimbledon champions Donald Johnson and Jared Palmer saw off Australian pair Joshua Eagle and Sandon Stolle 6-4 6-4.

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