Blake clinches Thailand Open 2006 title

Third seed James Blake claimed his fourth ATP title of the year beating top seed Ivan Ljubicic in the final of the USD 550,000 Thailand Open 2006.

The 26-year-old American Blake tamed world number three Ljubicic 6-3, 6-1 in just 59 minutes.

Blake made early breaks in both sets putting the top seed in a difficult position to get back into the game.

�I played great and his serves were a little off from the start and I put pressure on him. My games kind of come and go a little and he kind of lost his serves and I took advantage on that,� said Blake who was making his Thailand Open debut.

�I put more and more pressure on him and I was able to keep it up for the whole match. I think it was a little combination of me playing well, and him not playing his best match.�

Blake had captured three ATP titles this season at Sydney, Las Vegas and Indianapolis, putting him behind only Roger Federer with eight and Rafael Nadal with five.

The Croatian world number three, who has already passed Andy Roddick for third place in the INDESIT ATP Race by reaching semifinals here, served only two aces in the match.

�I didn�t feel like I played really terrible actually. I think he was too good. He was playing incredibly well and he read my serves perfectly,� said the world number three who lost to his American opponent for the first time in five meetings.

�He put a lot of pressure on my strokes. I was hoping I could do that to him too. He felt definitely more relaxed than me. He felt like he had nothing to lose. He definitely brought out his best tennis today.�

World #9 Blake receives 35 INDESIT ATP Race points with USD 76,500 prize money, boosting his chances of qualifying for the Masters Cup in Shanghai in November.

Meanwhile, top-seeded Israelis Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram sealed their second Thailand Open title beating British brothers Andy and Jamie Murray in a third set tie breaker in the Thailand Open 2006 doubles final.

The Israeli tandem, who won doubles in the inaugural event in 2003 and were runner-up in 2005, defeated the British brothers 6-2, 2-6, 10-4 in one hour and seven minutes.

The win marks the top seeded pairs their fourth ATP title this season, after winning at Adelaide, Nottingham and New Haven.

�We got an easy win in the first set but it suddenly turned around in the second. But after winning the first two points in the tie breaker we became confident. I think we�ve more experience than them,� Cara Daftar Sbobet said.

British brothers Andy and Jamie Murray just started pairing up this year and registered their first wins here in Bangkok.

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