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Nalbandian claims ninth career ATP win with Stockholm title

10/12/2008 - NFL

STOCKHOLM -- Argentine David Nalbandian
held his nerve to beat Swede Robin Soderling 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 on
Sunday to win the Stockholm Open in his first appearance at the
tournament.

It was the ninth career win for Nalbandian, who goes to the
Madrid Masters on Monday as the defending champion.

With his fine all-court game, the world No. 7
outclassed the favorite son in the first set. He broke the Swede
again in the second for a 3-1 lead, only to see parts of his
game crumble.

Leading 4-2, Nalbandian allowed Soderling back into the
match as the Swede raised his game, breaking back and grabbing
three consecutive games to 5-4.

Down 6-5, Nalbandian produced a backhand mistake to allow
the Swede to break him again for the set.

Nalbandian broke for a 4-3 lead in the third set and
outplayed Soderling from the baseline for the rest of the
match.

It was the second title of the year for Nalbandian, who won
in Buenos Aires in February.