Baghdatis tames Rochus for title

Baghdatis tames Rochus for title

The Cypriot, who has slipped to 66 in the rankings, outplayed Rochus in the first set and then survived a fightback from the Belgian in the second.

Baghdatis came back from 4-2 down and eventually broke Rochus to 6-5. He went on to grab two match points with a fine backhand down the line and then wrapped up the match with an ace.

The talented Baghdatis, who has not quite lived up to his promise after reaching the Australian Open final in 2006, sunk to his knees and celebrated.

“It's a great feeling and I'm so happy,” Baghdatis said in an on-court interview. “It's been a long while since I've won a tournament, especially an ATP tournament.”

Schiavone wins

Italy's Francesca Schiavone eased to her second career title with a 6-3, 6-0 thrashing of Belarussian Olga Govortsova in the Kremlin Cup final on Sunday. 

After a nervous first set, when both players had trouble holding their serve, the eighth seed ran away with the second as 67th-ranked Govortsova was hampered by a painful rib injury.  "I had trouble with my serve because of the injury but in all honesty it wasn't the main reason I lost today," the 21-year-old told a news conference.

"She forced me to run a lot in the first set and I was very tired in the second," added Govortsova who was bidding for her first title.

Schiavone, who had lost 10 of her 11 previous finals including the Moscow showpiece against France's Mary Pierce in 2005, said she was tense on Sunday.
"Usually I feel nervous before matches but today was the final so I felt it even more," said the 29-year-old whose only other title came in Austria in 2007.