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Marcos Baghdatis sweeps ATP tournament in Stockholm

Marcos Baghdatis added yet another trophy to his successful season, winning the $600,000 ATP tournament in Sweden on Sunday. The Cypriot tennis star enjoyed such a dynamic run toward winning the trophy in Stockholm that he did not drop a single set in the process. The last of his five wins in straight sets was in the final against Belgium’s Olivier Rochus (6-1, 7-5). Baghdatis had reached the final in a walkover when favorite Robin Soderling, the world’s Number 10 player, withdrew due to an elbow injury. This was the Cypriot’s fourth tournament triumph within three months, confirming he is in great form as the season starts drawing to a close. It was only his third ATP tournament, and the first since February 2007, as the other three he won this season were ATP Challenger tournaments. This has also resulted in his soaring from being seeded Number 66 to Number 41 in the new ATP rankings announced on Monday. If he closes the season among the top 50 players in the world, he will enjoy further privileges, such as direct qualification to more main draws in tournaments and better seeding in the upcoming Grand Slam events.