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Massu Wins Palermo Title

September 28, 2003

PALERMO, Sicily (AP) _ Top-seeded Nicolas Massu of Chile recovered from a poor first set to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (0) Sunday in the final of the Palermo Open, the year’s last ATP event on clay.

Massu was appearing in his third final in three weeks and has won 14 of his last 15 matches. He was coming off final-round appearances in Romania and Poland.

Mathieu was playing for the third time in two days after rain Friday forced organizers to schedule his quarterfinal and semifinal matches for Saturday.

A massive power failure early Sunday hit most of Italy, including Sicily, but there were no delays in the match.

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