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Federer draws level with Sampras

 Roger Federer beat Florian Mayer to win the Stockholm Open and match Pete Sampras' haul of 64 career titles.

25 October 2010, 12:00am
The world No. 2 had to battle back from a break down in the opening set before powering to his third title of the year with a 6-4 6-3 victory in Sweden.

Mayer broke the 16-time grand slam champion's serve in the seventh game, but Federer responded immediately, breaking back before holding his own serve to love before breaking again to take the opening set.

Federer was clinical in the second, converting his only break point opportunity to move ahead and showed glimpses of his best to claim his first title in Sweden - the 18th country in which he has won a title.

While Viktor Troicki claimed his maiden ATP Tour title at the third attempt in Moscow, it was not to be for Mayer. Playing in his third final, it was to be a third defeat for the world No. 47.

Federer, who flew to Stockholm just a day after losing the Shanghai Masters final to Andy Murray last Sunday, admitted it had been a difficult week.

"I came from Shanghai where I played five matches, then the jet lag and the whole thing, so to back it up with another win is great," Federer said.

Only Jimmy Connors (107), Ivan Lendl (94) and John McEnroe (77) have won more singles titles in the Open era.

Source: espn.co.uk

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