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Last Updated:  Sunday, 2 March, 2003, 17:45 GMT
Federer's Dubai delight
Sunday's ATP round-up

Dubai Open

Roger Federer
Federer was in commanding form
Roger Federer lived up to his top seeding by beating Jiri Novak 6-1 7-6 (7/2) in the Dubai Open final.

It was a particularly sweet victory for the Swiss player.

He had his prize and appearance money withheld in 2002 after the former tournament director accused him of not trying in his second-round defeat by Rainer Schuettler.

He was eventually given his prize money, but it was agreed that he would only receive his appearance fee if he returned this year.

The first set was far closer than the scoreline suggested, with Novak playing a full part in the rallies.

The second set remained in the balance until the end.

After Novak held to love to start the set, the next four games went against serve.

Federer then wasted what could have been a vital opportunity when he netted a weak backhand return on break point at 3-3.

Novak forced a backhand error to save another break point at 5-5, but Federer took control of the tie-break, winning the last six points to clinch it 7-2.


Copenhagen Open

Karol Kucera beat Olivier Rochus in straight sets to win the Copenhagen Open - his sixth career ATP singles title.

Kucera, seeded third, won the final 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 but was made to work hard for his victory by the Belgian.

The Slovak looked strong throughout the week and did not lose a set in his five matches.

Karol Kucera
Kucera clinched a first-set tiebreak
Twice a semi-finalist in 1995 and 1997, he now holds an impressive 11-2 singles record in the Danish capital.

The 28-year-old had not won on the ATP Tour since 1999, when he beat Andre Agassi en route to the title in Basle.

Defeat meant a second straight final defeat in Copenhagen for Rochus after losing to Germany's Lars Burgsmuller last year.

The 22-year-old Rochus, seeking his second Tour title, broke Kucera early in the first set to take a 4-2 lead.

But Kucera broke back to 4-4 before both players then held their serves, forcing a tiebreak at 6-6. Kucera won it 7-4.




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