James Blake wins Medibank in Sydney

Jan. 14, 2006 at 8:22 PM

SYDNEY, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- James Blake topped Igor Andreev, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3) Saturday to win the Medibank International at Sydney, Australia.

Blake, the tournament's eighth seed, won the fourth title of his ATP career and claimed a first prize of $57,750.

"I feel great similar to the way after New Haven going into the U.S. Open last year," Blake said. "This is two in a row for me right before a (Grand Slam event). That was my best result yet, quarterfinals and two points from the semis. So hopefully if I get the chance, I'll win those two points here in Melbourne and maybe make it further than I ever have there."

Blake was making his third career appearance in the Medibank. He ran his career record against Andreev to 3-0.

Andreev, 22, who was un-seeded, failed in a bid to win his fourth career ATP title. He took home $33,960 as the runner-up.

The Medibank International is one of several tune-ups for the Australian Open, which begins Monday in Melbourne.

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