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Tennis: Andujar Thrashes Edmund To Win Marrakech Title

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FILE PHOTO: Tennis - ATP 500 - Rio Open - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - February 22, 2018 Dominic Thiem of Austria in action against Pablo Andujar of Spain. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
April 16, 2018
(Reuters) – Spain’s Pablo Andujar won the Grand Prix Hassan II claycourt title in Marrakech for the third time when he easily beat Britain’s Kyle Edmund 6-2 6-2 on Sunday.
Second seed Edmund was playing in his first ATP Tour final but was no match for Andujar who repeated his triumphs of 2011 and 2012 when the event was staged in Casablanca.
The injury-plagued Andujar became the lowest-ranked ATP title-winner since Australian Lleyton Hewitt won in Adelaide as the world number 550 in 1998.
Twenty sixth-ranked Edmund’s firepower made little impact on the slow surface and he struggled badly on serve, dropping his delivery six times as he slumped to defeat.
Andujar, 32, wrapped up victory in one hour 22 minutes to complete a remarkable return from injury.
He was ranked down at 1,824 in February after three elbow operations had threatened his career and arrived in Morocco at 355 having won a Challenger Tour event in Alicante last week.
“I always believed that I could come back, otherwise I wouldn’t have tried,” Andujar said.
“I played very well during the whole match. He attacks a lot and is a very strong player. I was very solid today and I’m very happy about that.”

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