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Clement Wins Lyon Tennis

November 12, 2000

LYON, France (AP) _ Arnaud Clement won the first title of his career Sunday, upsetting Patrick Rafter 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5) before a roaring home crowd in the $800,000 Lyon Grand Prix.

Clement, playing in only his second final, defeated the eighth-seeded Aussie in a match marked by acrobatic shots and daring net play.

``This is my first title, so it’s quite emotional,″ said Clement, who advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open this year, his best Grand Slam finish. ``My dad will now have to shave his mustache as promised for my first title.″

Rafter, twice the U.S. Open champ, was playing in his first final since Wimbledon, where he lost to Pete Sampras. He had arrived in Lyon intent on atoning for early exits from recent tournament in Germany and Hong Kong.

Since having shoulder surgery in October 1999, the Australian has won just one tournament this season _ the Heineken Trophy in June.

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