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Nadal shows no rust in defeating Federer
By wire services
Published March 5, 2006
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Rafael Nadal, in only his second tournament in four months, beat top-ranked Roger Federer 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 Saturday in the final of the Dubai Open.
Federer won this event the past three years and had captured his two other tournaments in 2006 - the Australian Open and Doha Open. Nadal, seeded and ranked second, ended Federer's 56-match hardcourt winning streak.
"I think it is unbelievable to win against the best player in the world - perhaps the best in the history of the game," said Nadal, who broke down in tears on court. "It was also special because I was out of the game for more than three months. I cried because I was happy."
Nadal, 19, recently recovered from a foot injury that kept him out most of the past four months except for a tourney in Marseille, France last month.
QATAR OPEN: Nadia Petrova beat Australian Open champion Amelie Mauresmo 6-3, 7-5 Saturday to win the Qatar Open in Doha for the second WTA title of her career. Playing mostly from the baseline, Petrova broke Mauresmo three times in the first set, then again in the 11th game of the second. The top-seeded Mauresmo trails only Kim Clijsters in the rankings.
CLEARWATER WOMEN'S OPEN: Italian Alberta Brianti reached today's final of the $25,000 event at the McMullen Tennis Complex. Brianti faces No. 5 seed Clarisa Fernandez of Argentina in today's final. Brianti topped Kelly Liggan of Ireland 7-5, 6-4 and Fernandez beat qualifier Story Tweedie-Yates 6-1, 6-2. Liggan and Lina Stanciute face top seeds Natalie Grandin and Chanelle Scheepers in today's 11 a.m. doubles final, with the singles afterward. The event is free.
- NANCY MORGAN, correspondent
WINTER SPORTS: Davis takes world title
American speedskater Shani Davis outperformed teammate Joey Cheek to win the overall World Cup title in the 1,000 meters in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Olympic champion Davis finished in 1 minute, 8.91 seconds. Also, Anni Friesinger of Germany clinched the women's 1,000 season title and Canadian Cindy Klassen took the 3,000 championship.
SKIING: American Lindsey Kildow, Olympic champion Michaela Dorfmeister and Nadia Styger shared first place Friday in a World Cup super-G, the discipline's first three-way tie, in Hafjell, Norway. Dorfmeister clinched the season title and Kildow continued her comeback from injuries after a spectacular accident during Olympic downhill training last month. Janica Kostelic won the combined Saturday in the same competition. ... Davide Simoncelli won the giant slalom in Pyeongchang, South Korea, beating fellow Italian Massimiliano Blardone by 0.08 seconds.
RUNNING: Tampa winner changed
The results of last week's Bank of America Half Marathon in Tampa changed after a registration issue was discovered with Lisa and Teresa Vaill, who were declared women's winners in the 13.1-mile race. The twins registered for the marathon but at the 8-mile mark decided to finish the half marathon instead - prohibiting them from winning, according to the rules. Debbie Tillman of Ormond Beach was declared the women's champion.
- SCOTT PURKS, Times staff writer
SOCCER: With approval from the International Football Association Board, referees at the World Cup will eject players who elbow or tackle recklessly and yellow cards will be given for shirt-pulling, holding or playing the ball after a whistle.
CYCLING: Igor Astarloa beat Franco Pelizotti, Mirko Celestino and Alessandro Ballan in a four-way sprint to win the 123.3-mile Milan to Turin race.
GYMNASTICS: Jonathan Horton won his first major title at the American Cup in Philadelphia and Nastia Liukin held off fellow American Shayla Worley to capture the women's event.
BOXING: Yutaka Niida defended his WBA minimumweight title with an unanimous decision over Ronald Barrera in Tokyo. ... In Jakarta, Indonesia, Yohannes Christian John kept his WBA featherweight title with a unanimous decision over Juan Manuel Marquez, who was penalized for low blows.