First Open for Federer

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.


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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