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Andujar romps past Starace for first ATP title



Casablanca, Morocco (Sports Network) - Pablo Andujar of Spain captured his first ATP title with a straight-set victory over Italy's Potito Starace in the final of the Moroccan Open.

The unseeded Andujar needed just 75 minutes to post a 6-1, 6-2 victory on Sunday. It was his second career ATP final, having lost to Juan Ignacio Chela last September in Bucharest.

"It wasn't easy," said Andujar. "I didn't expect this title and it comes as a surprise for me. This is a very good tournament to start the clay season."

Starace was also trying for his first ATP crown and is now 0-4 in title matches. He lost twice in 2007 and last year fell to Juan Carlos Ferrero in Umag.

Andujar didn't serve particularly well Sunday, converting just 57 percent of his first serves, but he faced just two break points and saved both. By contrast, he broke Starace's serve four times in eight chances.

"He played a great match," noted Starace. "He was too aggressive and didn't give me one chance, so congratulations to him. He was playing a very high level."

Starace had beaten Andujar in their previous two meetings on the ATP level, including a 6-4, 6-1 second-round triumph in Chile back in February, and had also prevailed in three challenger tour matchups.

Sunday's victory was worth a first prize of $103,000.

04/10 13:30:36 ET