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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 February 2008, 15:30 GMT
Llodra battles to Rotterdam title
Michael Llodra
Llodra joins Andy Murray as the only men with two titles in 2008
Michael Llodra took the third title of his career and second of 2008 with victory over Robin Soderling at the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

The Frenchman battled back from a set down, and overcame a back problem that required treatment in the second set, to win 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-4).

Llodra also took the title in Adelaide in January.

Soderling and Llodra had been surprise finalists, ranked as they are at 59 and 58 in the world respectively.

The event was the first on the ATP since 2006 that saw all eight seeds go out before the quarter-final stage.

Llodra had beaten second seed Nikolay Davydenko in round two, and Soderling saw off eighth seed Marcos Baghdatis in the opening round.

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"I came here this week and saw the draw and knew it would be difficult and so it is unbelievable I'm standing here with the trophy," said Llodra.

"This win gives confidence - at the end of February I won two titles already.

"Also today, after losing the first set and surviving two break points in the opening game of the second one, I have the feeling I played one of my best matches on the tour.

"I knew that Robin might get a bit nervous when you put him under pressure and therefore I changed my game a bit during the match and pressurised his second serve and that finally gave me the win."



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