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Rublev Beats Ruud To Clinch Swedish Open Title

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Andrey Rublev beat Casper Ruud in straight sets to claim the Swedish Open title in Bastad.

Russia’s world number seven, 25, defeated Norway’s Ruud 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 to win his second title of the year.

Elsewhere, Pedro Cachin, 28, won his first career title beating 35-year-old Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 3-6 6-0 7-5 in the Swiss Open final.

The clay-court events are traditionally played after Wimbledon and before the US hard-court swing begins.

World number four Ruud, 24, won the Bastad title in 2021 but could not repeat that success, beaten by Rublev who has already won a title on clay this season at the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 event.

Argentine Cachin, ranked 90th in the world, will move to a career-high ranking of 49 on Monday with his maiden title win in Gstaad, Switzerland.

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Ramos-Vinolas was a break up in the third set but could not capitalise to win what would have been his fifth career title.

At the Hungarian Grand Prix event in Budapest, 19-year-old Russian Maria Timofeeva won her first career title in her maiden WTA Tour main-draw appearance with victory over Ukrainian Kateryna Baindl.

Lucky loser Timofeeva beat 29-year-old Baindl 6-3 3-6 6-0 in the final of the clay-court tournament.

China’s Qinwen Zheng also captured her first WTA title at the Palermo Open, the 20-year-old beating Jasmine Paolini, 27, of Italy 6-4, 1-6,  6-1.

Elsewhere, French veteran Adrian Mannarino, 35, beat 18-year-old American Alex Michelsen 6-2 6-4 to win the third ATP Tour title of his career at the Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.

BBC Sports

Written by: Debby Eselebor

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