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ATP Delray Beach Sunday (finished Monday) results
DELRAY BEACH INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
US$416,000 ATP 32 Hybrid RR Event
Delray Beach, Fla. USA
January 28, 2007 February 4, 2007
Hard / Outdoor

RESULTS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2007
Singles Final
(3)X Malisse (BEL) d (1)J Blake (USA) 57 64 64

Doubles - Final
Armando/Malisse d (4)Auckland/Huss 63 67(4) 10-5 (Match TB)


FINAL NOTES

Xavier Malisse claimed his 200th career match win and second Delray Beach title in three years when he showed up sharper than James Blake when the rain-delayed final resumed Monday morning.
Appearing in his fifth Delray Beach final, Malisse trailed Blake 5-7, 3-3 when rain halted the match Sunday afternoon, leaving the players to watch the Super Bowl on TV before play was officially suspended for the day.
When play resumed Monday, Malisse broke Blake in the first game and quickly closed out the second set. He then broke Blake in the third game of the third set en route to a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory, which added to the 2005 title he won in Delray Beach.
By also winning the doubles final (with Hugo Armando), Malisse has won the singles and doubles titles at two different tournaments in the same year (Chennai). That feat was last achieved in 1996 by Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Prague and Roland Garros).
Malisse becomes the third two-time winner in Delray Beach, joining Jason Stoltenberg and Jan-Michael Gambill. The victory marks his 24th match win in Delray Beach, extending his lead as the all-time winningest player at the event.
With 24 of his 200 match wins coming in Delray Beach, Malisse has won 12% of his career match wins at the event.
Earlier in the tournament Malisse lost his second round-robin match to Rainer Schuettler but still qualified for the quarterfinals due to a better percentage of sets won among the three players in his group, who all recorded one win. Malisse is the first player since David Nalbandian at the 2005 Tennis Masters Cup to win a title after losing a match in the round-robin stage.
Blake, who registered his 200th career match win earlier in the tournament, was chasing his 10th career title and second title of 2007 (Sydney).
Blake was attempting to become the first top seed in the 15-year history of the tournament to win the title. Blake is the fourth No. 1 seed to lose in the final.
Blake will now scramble to get himself to the Czech Republic for the United States's first-round Davis Cup tie, which begins Friday.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Malisse: "If we would have played yesterday, I probably would have lost. The wind slowed down his ball. The wind helped me a little bit today."

"The court is almost the perfect speed for me. I feel like I can get to every ball here when I'm fit. Also, you have that confidence because you've played a lot of times well here. There's just a level of comfort and confidence for me at this tournament."

Blake: "Tough conditions, but the same for both of us. Xavier just did better with it. Wind is the biggest equalizer in tennis. He did a better job of adjusting. He deserved to win today for sure."


DOUBLES FINAL

Xavier Malisse became the first player in more than 10 years to win the singles and doubles titles at two tournaments in the same season. Malisse and first-time partner Hugo Armando defeated James Auckland of Britain and Stephen Huss of Australia 6-3, 6-7(4), 10-5 (Match TB) in Monday's final.
Malisse's 'double double' was last achieved in 1996 by Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Prague and Roland Garros).
Malisse claimed his fourth doubles title and Armando broke through for his first title.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Malisse: "It feels awesome. I'm a little tired now. It's a good feeling. It doesn't get much better than this to start the year."