Melzer outlasts Haider-Maurer

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VIENNA -- Jurgen Melzer rallied from a set down to beat fellow Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer in Sunday's final at the Bank Austria Tennis Trophy tournament.

Melzer, the top seed and defending champ, posted a 6-7 (10-12), 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 victory in a match that lasted nearly three hours. He became the first player to repeat as champion here since Ivan Ljubicic in 2005-06.

The 12th-ranked Vienna native appeared in his second final of the season after losing to Andrey Golubev in Hamburg in July. Melzer improved to 3-7 in title matches, with his only other ATP singles crown coming at Bucharest in 2006.

"Playing at home is always special. Then when you actually win a tournament it's really nice," Melzer said.

Haider-Maurer, meanwhile, had reached his first ATP final as a lucky loser. The 157th-ranked Haider-Maurer gained entry into the main draw this week when Latvia's Ernests Gulbis withdrew.

"I'm happy with the first final, but I was up 7-6, 5-3, and I served for the match," said Haider-Maurer. "I had big chances to win this title, but it's the first time. I was a little bit nervous. Jurgen played good in this moment, and I lost."

This marked the first all-Austrian final in Vienna since 1988 when Horst Skoff beat Thomas Muster.


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