Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Mikhail Youzhny of Russia rallied from a set down to beat Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev for the title at the Malaysian Open.
The fourth-seeded Youzhny notched a 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) triumph in Sunday's final to claim his seventh career ATP singles title and second of 2010. He also won the French Open tuneup in Munich back in May and improved to 2-2 in finals this year.
In addition to the victory over Marin Cilic in Germany, Youzhny lost to Robin Soderling in Rotterdam and fell to Novak Djokovic in Dubai in consecutive finals back in February. It's been a solid season for Youzhny, who reached his first career French Open quarterfinal and was a semifinalist at the U.S. Open this summer.
Golubev was appearing in his third career ATP singles final and second this year. He won the Hamburg crown in July with a straight-set triumph over Jurgen Melzer.
While Golubev had not dropped a set all week entering Sunday's final, Youzhny had to rally from a set down in both the quarterfinals and semifinals. The same scenario presented itself Sunday after Golubev won the first set in a tight tiebreaker.
Youzhny then found his form with an easy second set, but both players failed to gain a break point in the third and the tiebreaker went Youzhny's way.
It was the fourth win in as many tries for Youzhny against Golubev. The two also met in the first round of the U.S. Open with Youzhny prevailing in much easier fashion, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.
Sunday's victory was worth a first prize of $165,500 for Youzhny.