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Sunday, 16 February, 2003, 16:41 GMT
Federer takes Marseille title


Roger Federer
Federer is a former runner-up in Marseille
Top seed Roger Federer claimed his fifth career title with victory over Jonas Bjorkman in the Open 13 in Marseille.

The 21-year-old world number six came through 6-2 7-6 at the Palais des Sports.

"To me, it's a dream to win here," said Federer.

"I was given a wild card here in 1999 and I beat Carlos Moya while being 300th in the world.

"In 2000, I lost the final in the third set tie-break against Marc Rosset, so I was very nervous today.

"I'm very happy to win this at last."

Federer started the match strongly and broke twice to go 5-1 ahead, clinching the set in 35 minutes.

Bjorkman improved in the second set and grabbed an early break but Federer recovered to force a tie-break, securing victory on his third match point.

Despite the defeat, 31-year-old Bjorkman was upbeat about his current form.

"I'm very pleased about my start to the season," said the Swede.

"I reached the quarter-final in Milan, then I became a father in January and now I reached the final here."

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