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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 January, 2004, 14:51 GMT
Moya wins Madras thriller
Carlos Moya
Tata Open, Madras

Spain's Carlos Moya beat defending champion Paradorn Srichaphan in a rousing three-set final on Sunday.

The top seed won 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-5) before 5,000 screaming fans at the packed Nungambakkam stadium to land his 15th career title.

"This is an exciting start to the new season. It was a final which none of us deserved to lose," said Moya.

"Luck was on my side this week. I was a match-point down in the second round, but survived it to make the final."

It was third time lucky for Moya after he had lost in the 1999 quarter-finals before being forced to withdraw the following year with injury.

Srichaphan lost for only the second time in 15 matches at the Indian Open.

The popular Thai reached the final in 2002 as a wild card and winning the title last year.

But his fate was sealed in the last two points of the two-hour match, which he hit out to give Moya a 7-5 win in the third set tie-breaker.

AAPT Championship, Adelaide

Dominik Hrbaty crushed French qualifier Michael Llodra in straight sets to win the Australian Hardcourt Championship.

Hrbaty cruised to his fourth ATP title in 53 minutes with a 6-4 6-0 victory over Llodra, who knocked out three seeds on his way to the final.

"I felt so great before the final that I was a little bit scared about how loose I was," Hrbaty said.

"I wasn't nervous at all. I had no tension and I was able to play so many great approaches, great returns."

Llodra's game completely fell apart in the second set with Hrbaty unstoppable.

"Everything I touched in the second set, every ball I hit went in," Hrbaty said.

"It is a great day for me. I'll remember it for a long, long time."

Llodra will play in this week's Sydney International while Hrbaty will contest the New Zealand Open in Auckland.

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