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Victoria Azarenka denied Serena Williams a victorious return to the No.1 ranking with a 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-3 victory over the American to retain the Qatar Total Open.
Williams had sealed her return to the top spot with her quarter final defeat of Petra Kvitova and had won her last nine meetings with Azarenka but the Belarusian reversed the trend in an exciting final.
The top seeded defending champion led by a break in the opening set but saw Williams strike back in the eighth game. The American second seed had a set point in the tie-break but netted a forehand passing shot and Azarenka took the set went Williams sent a backhand wide.
The 31 year-old Wimbledon, US and Olympic champion hit back to dominate the second set and level the match.
Azarenka halted Williams’ momentum to open a 3-0 lead in the decider which proved decisive and the Australian Open winner converted her third match point to clinch a hard fought victory. Read about Azarenka's Australian Open triumph here
Stat Attack – Azarenka
Stat Attack – Williams
Rafael Nadal won the first title of his comeback from injury with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over David Nalbandian in the final of the 2013 Brasil Open in Sao Paulo.
The top seeded French Open champion had dropped two sets en route to the final but looked strong against Nalbandian in the final.
In their seventh meeting, and second in a final, Nadal reeled off four straight games to take the opening set and then hit back from a break down to take his 51st career singles title after 78 minutes.
Stat Attack – Nadal
Stat Attack – Nalbandian
2012 finalist Juan Martin Del Potro claimed the 2013 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament title in Rotterdam with a 7-6(7-2), 6-3 defeat of Julien Benneteau.
Unseeded Benneteau had knocked out reigning champion Roger Federer in the quarter finals and the Frenchman began the final with an immediate break to leave 2-0.
Del Potro struck back with two breaks but saw the Frenchman break back in the tenth game. The 2nd seed dominated the tie-break and opened a 3-0 lead in the second before clinching victory after an hour and 37 minutes.
Stat Attack – Del Potro
Stat Attack – Benneteau
Milos Raonic won the SAP Open with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Tommy Haas to take the title in San Jose for a third successive year.
The top seeded Canadian has never dropped a set in his three visits to San Jose and maintained that record with a strong performance against former World No.2 Haas.
Raonic converted the only break point to take the opening set and broke Haas twice in the second set to seal his fourth ATP World Tour title after an hour and 25 minutes of play.
Stat Attack – Raonic
Stat Attack – Haas
2 – Cilic, Nadal, Wawrinka
No.1 (7) Nadal (Doha, Rio De Janeiro), Wawrinka (Chennai), Del Potro (Sydney), Fognini (Vina Del Mar), Ferrer (Buenos Aires), Nishikori (Memphis)No.3 (3) Isner (Auckland), Berdych (Rotterdam), Gulbis (Marseille)No.4 (2) Federer (Dubai), Dimitrov (Acapulco)No.5 (2) Cilic (Zagreb), Monfils (Montpellier)No.7 (1) Cilic (Delray Beach)No.8 (1) Wawrinka (AUSTRALIAN OPEN)Unseeded (2) Hewitt (Brisbane), Delbonis (Sao Paulo)
61 - Delbonis (Sao Paulo)
23 – Wawrinka (Chennai)
64 – Dimitrov (Acapulco)
11 - Nadal, Wawrinka
18 – Cilic
270 - Ivo Karlovic
71 – Australian Open 1st round Simon bt Brands 6-7(4), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 16-14
12 games - 6-0, 6-0 on one occasion
2 - Rio Open SF Nadal bt Andujar 2-6 6-3 7-6(10)Nadal saved 2 mp 3rd set tie-break
Delbonis (Sao Paulo) 23 years, 4 months & 15 days
Hewitt (Brisbane) 32 years, 10 months & 11 days
2 - Li
No.1 (3) Li (Shenzhen), S.Williams (Brisbane), Cibulkova (Acapulco) No.2 (1) Ivanovic (Auckland)No.3 (1) Zakopalova (Florianopolis)No.4 (2) Li (AUSTRALIAN OPEN), Makarova (Pattaya City)No,5 (1) Nara (Rio De Janeiro)No.7 (1) Halep (Doha)Unseeded (2) Pavlyuchenkova (Paris), V.Williams (Dubai)Qualifier (2) Murgurza (Hobart), Pironkova (Sydney)
107 – Pironkova (Sydney)
22 – Murgurza (Hobart)
58 – Pavlyuchenkova (Paris)
13 – Li
18 – Zakopalova
98 - S.Williams
40 – Australian Open 2nd round - Hantuchova bt Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 3-6, 12-10
12 games - 6-0, 6-0 on two occasions
1 - Australian Open 3rd round Li bt Safarova 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-3 Li saved saved 1 mp 5-6 second set
Murgurza (Hobart) 20 yrs, 3 months & 3 days
V.Williams (Dubai) 33 yrs, 8 months & 5 days
Statistics sourced with the help of the ATP and WTA.