Tennis: Rusedski captures third title

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Greg Rusedski, the British No 2, maintained his superb run of form to win the third ATP Tour event of his career at the Peking Open yesterday.

The London-based player beat Martin Damm, of the Czech Republic, 7-6, 6-4 in a final lasting 75 minutes and can expect his current world ranking of 75 to climb into the 50s when the new list is announced today.

Rusedski had previously won the Newport event in the United States on grass in 1993 and the Seoul Open on hard courts last year. He was also runner-up in Peking in 1993 and at Coral Springs 17 months ago. This success is his first since he changed his allegiance from Canada to Britain in May last year.

The first set was close but Rusedski scrambled through the tie-break 7-5 and then, with his return of serve getting better, took control. "It is all down to my better mental approach,'' Rusedski said. "I am concentrating far better and I'm playing the big points really well. People have said I was all serve, but my service returns are now much better so there is not so much pressure on me holding my own serve."

A weary Boris Becker needed four sets to beat Jan Siemerink of the Netherlands in the CA Trophy in Vienna yesterday, winning his first title since injuring his wrist at Wimbledon. Becker won 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 for his 47th career title and third of the year after victories at the Australian Open and Queen's.

Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, overpowered Germany's Anke Huber 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to win the first WTA tournament of her career in Filderstadt yesterday. The 16-year-old Hingis's win should lift her one place to ninth in the world rankings. Despite losing, Huber, 21, should also go up one place, to fourth, after winning in Leipzig last Sunday.

Rene Lacoste, who included Wimbledon triumphs in 1925 and 1928 in an illustrious career, has died aged 92. The Frenchman, nicknamed ''The Crocodile'' as a player, was also the designer of a polo shirt which carried his name.

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