Tennis: Rios on cruise control to Paris

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nseeded American Vince Spadea to win the St Polten International Grand Prix in Austria. It was the 22-year-old world No 3's 10th tournament win and the fifth this year after Auckland and the Super 9 events at Indian Wells, Key Biscayne and Rome. "This has been excellent preparation for Roland Garros and I can now count myself as one of the favourites for the French Open," Rios said. He raced through yesterday's final in just 50 minutes and said: "At the moment I am playing very concentrated tennis and have great confidence in myself. Everything is going well - my service is good and I didn't have any problems closing down my opponents' attacks."

Nicolas Kiefer bounced back with a brilliant 6-1, 6-4 win over the Spanish baseliner Carlos Moya to steer Germany into the final of the World Team Cup yesterday. The German No 1, who lost his first two matches on the clay of Dusseldorf, picked up his game with perfect timing to present the home team with an unassailable 2-0 lead over the holders, Spain. Germany, who had moved 1-0 up with Tommy Haas crushing the former French Open winner Sergi Bruguera, 6-1, 6-4, will now challenge the Czech Republic in today's final. The Czech squad earned the right to battle it out for the $500,000 (pounds 303,000) top prize by beating last year's runners-up, Australia, on Friday.

Top seed Marcelo Rios of Chile romped to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over