Moya beats Volandri for third Argentine title
Carlos Moya survived a first-set scare to beat Italy's Filippo Volandri for the Copa Telmex championship.india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 17:20 IST
Carlos Moya of Spain survived a first-set scare to beat Italy's Filippo Volandri 7-6 (8/6) 6-4 for the Copa Telmex championship, his third ATP title in Buenos Aires since 1995.
Moya, who won his first pro title in the Argentine capital as an 18-year-old and repeated in 2003, completed the victory in 1 hour, 30 minutes before a crowd of 5,000 on the outdoor clay of the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club for a winner's purse of $58,750.
"When I started this tournament this week I had a lot of confidence and was hitting the ball well," Moya said, noting the ATP's Buenos Aires stop has special significance for him. "But the early matches took a lot of effort.
"This court has a good chemistry that's always followed me here," he added. "Hopefully I can win many more here and this won't be the last."
With Volandri winning his service game more easily but Moya serving better with three aces, the match started on serve until the Italian broke for a 4-3 lead.
But Moya rallied, capitalising on Volandri's unforced errors, saving set point at 3-5 and then winning three straight games to put the match back on serve at 6-5.
In the tiebreak, Moya again capitalised on Volandri's unforced errors for a 4-0 lead, but then struggled to close out the set after the Italian saved two set points.
Moya dominated the second set as Volandri found it difficult to handle Moya's serve and forehand. Moya broke Volandri to lead 2-1, and lost only two points in five service games.
First Published: Feb 20, 2006 17:20 IST