TENNIS - ATP

First Open for Federer

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Roger Federer took his first title of the season after Russian Nikolai Davydenko pulled out in the second set with a leg injury. Both are headed to the Monte Carlo Open this week.

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World number one Roger Federer won his first title of the season at the Estoril Open on Sunday after Russia's Nikolay Davydenko retired with a leg injury.


The Swiss top seed saved a set point before winning the opener 7-6 and was 2-1 down in the second when number two seed Davydenko announced his decision to retire.


"This is not the way you want to win a tournament but that's the way it goes sometimes," said Federer, who recently hired
clay court expert Jose Higueras to help him recover from the worst start to a season since 2000.


"It's great to win a title again in my first clay court tournament this season and it gives me great confidence for the Monte Carlo Open."


The 12-times Grand Slam winner has a perfect 10-0 record against Davydenko.


"I'm sorry about what happened today," Davydenko told a packed stadium in centre court at the Estoril Open. He later
told reporters he planned to play in the prestigious Monte Carlo Masters Series next week.


"You know, I have some leg injury and I can't finish the match," Davydenko, a winner in Estoril in 2003, said. "Sorry guys."


In the women's final, second-seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko won her third career title, beating 2004 Estoril Open finalist
Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-4 6-2 in a rain-interrupted match.

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