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Kunitsyn beats Safin in Moscow final

Oct. 12, 2008 at 3:19 PM

MOSCOW, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Igor Kunitsyn topped Marat Safin Sunday in a tightly fought, three-set, all-Russian men's final at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow.

The scores, 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, gave the 27-year-old Kunitsyn his first career title on the men's tennis tour.

He collected a $171,000 first-place check.

"Everybody knows Marat is better than me but today I'm the winner," Kunitsyn told the BBC.

Safin, the tournament's seventh seed, a former world No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion, has not won a tournament since capturing the last of his 15 career titles at the 2005 Australian Open.

This was his second loss at the Kremlin Cup in the last three seasons.

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