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Stepanek wins Countrywide tennis final

July 22, 2007 at 8:29 PM

LOS ANGELES, July 22 (UPI) -- Czech Radek Stepanek upset second-seeded American James Blake in three sets Sunday to win the Countrywide Classic.

Stepanek, 28, defeated Blake 7-6 (9-7), 5-7, 6-2 to win his first title of the year and just the second of his career.

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Stepanek has defeated Blake twice in his career. He advanced to Sunday's final after German wildcard Nicolas Kiefer withdrew before their semifinal match Saturday because of a knee injury.

Blake, who was looking for his second title of the year and 10th overall of his career, beat seventh-seeded South Korean Hyung-Taik Lee in the semifinals to move into Sunday's final.

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