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Verdasco, Wozniacki win at New Haven

Spain's Fernando Verdasco won the first ATP hard-court title of his career with a 6-4, 7-6 victory over American Sam Querrey in the New Haven Open on Saturday, just hours after he had won his semi-final.

sports Updated: Aug 31, 2009 00:47 IST

Spain's Fernando Verdasco won the first ATP hard-court title of his career with a 6-4, 7-6 victory over American Sam Querrey in the New Haven Open on Saturday, just hours after he had won his semi-final.

The 25-year-old second seed had earlier dispatched Igor Andreev of Russia 7-6, 7-6 in his semi-final to advance to the final against sixth-seeded Querrey.

The American had beaten Jose Acasuso of Argentina 6-3, 6-4.

Both had won their semi-finals indoors before returning to the court about four hours later.

Verdasco needed only 32 minutes to dispatch Querrey in the first set, and while he held a 4-2 lead in the second, the tall American fought back to break the Spaniard in the eighth game and force a tie-break.

“The second set was a little bit strange because I was 4-2 up, playing good,” Verdasco said.

“He started playing much better; I started playing a little bit worse,” Verdasco said. “I don't know how I turned it around again, with 6-3 down in the tie-break.”

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki became the first woman since Venus Williams in 2002 to retain the women's title, defeating Russian Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-4.

“It was different (to last year),” Wozniacki said.

“I mean, the last year was my second final and my second tournament win. It was something new. I never tried before. This year it was already my seventh final.”

The 19-year-old won her sixth career title, and third this year, and goes into next week's U.S. Open having won every set. “Now it's my time,” she said. “It's my turn to win some tournaments.”