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Paradorn, Moya Reach Madras Final

January 10, 2004

MADRAS, India (AP) _ Defending champion Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand rallied past fourth-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain 1-6, 7-6 (10), 7-5 Saturday to reach the Tata Open final.

Paradorn, seeded second, is in the final for the third straight year. He will face top-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain, who downed third-seeded Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-4 in the other semifinal.

Since losing the 2002 final to Guillermo Canas, Paradorn had won eight straight matches in Madras without dropping a set.

Robredo became the first player to take a set off Paradorn in nine matches at the Tata Open. But he failed to convert on four match points during the second-set tiebreaker.

``Tommy did not attack me when he was on match-points, and this helped me hang in there,″ Paradorn said. ``Luck bailed me out today. I wasn’t in the match until the second set.″

Robredo was hoping to win his second tour title in six years on the circuit. He said he should have been more aggressive in the 10th game of the third set.

``Instead, I tried to keep the ball in court and wait for him to make an error,″ he said. ``This was a wasted opportunity.″

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