Rusedski beaten by Boutter

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Unseeded Frenchman Julien Boutter earned his first ATP career final defeating Britain's Greg Rusedski 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) in today's semifinals of the Milan Indoors tournament in Italy.

Unseeded Frenchman Julien Boutter earned his first ATP career final defeating Britain's Greg Rusedski 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) in today's semifinals of the Milan Indoors tournament in Italy.

Boutter capitalized on his powerful serve, good volley play and precise longline shots to overcome Rusedski in one hour and 30 minutes at Palalido sports Arena.

Being big servers, both players held their serve to 6-6 in both sets.

The Frenchman won the first set tie-breaker 7-5 after blowing two set points.

He wasted two match points in the second-set tie-breaker, on 1-6. Then he served an ace for a deserved victory against the player who had stunned No.1 world player Gustavo Kuerten at the Australian Open the No.2 Marat Safin, the top seed in Milan, in Friday's quarterfinals.

In Sunday's final Boutter takes on the winner of a late semifinal between No.2 seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov and seventh-seeded Swiss Roger Federer.

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