facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Stakhovsky captures Zagreb final

March 1, 2008 at 4:21 PM   |   Comments

ZAGREB, Croatia, March 1 (UPI) -- Unheralded Sergiy Stakhovsky stunned top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic 7-5 6-4 Saturday to win the PBZ Zagreb Indoors tennis tournament in Zagreb, Croatia.

The obscure 22-year-old Ukrainian was playing in a title match for the first time in his six-year career on the men's tour.

The 209th-ranked Stakhovsky's previous tournament best was a quarterfinal loss to Sweden's Robin Soderling at a 2005 event in Milan, Italy.

He only got into the tournament because France's Michael Llodra withdrew at the last minute and is the first lucky qualifier loser to win an ATP tournament since Argentina's Christian Miniussi at Sao Paolo in 1991.

Ljubicic, playing before a partisan home crowd, was appearing in his 20th final and third straight in Zagreb.

The Croat won the inaugural event in 2006 and lost the final in 2007 to Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.

© 2008 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Michael Sam, first openly gay player drafted in NFL, cut by Rams
2
Northwestern loses to UC Berkley, first game since union OK
3
Cowboys get Spencer back
4
Packers release 18
5
Few surprises as Steelers reach roster limit
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback