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Blake takes Sydney title in Aussie tuneup

Jan. 13, 2007 at 6:42 PM

SYDNEY, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Third-seeded American James Blake beat unseeded Spaniard Carlos Moya to defend his title at the Medibank Sydney International.

In the final tuneup for the Australian Open, Blake topped Moya, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, to become the third player to win two straight titles at Sydney.

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Australian Lleyton Hewitt did it twice and American Pete Sampras did it once.

Despite the loss, Moya still leads Blake, 5-4, in head-to-head competition.

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