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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russians Complete Kremlin Cup Sweep

APDavydenko playing a forehand return during his three-set victory over Safin at the Kremlin Cup men's final at the Olimpiisky Sports Complex on Sunday.
Top-seeded Nikolai Davydenko beat Davis Cup teammate Marat Safin 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in the all-Russian Kremlin Cup final on Sunday to complete a unique double for the host country.

Earlier, in another all-Russian affair unseeded Anna Chakvetadze upset fifth-seeded Nadia Petrova 6-4, 6-4 in the women's final to win her second title in a month.

Davydenko broke Safin twice at the start of the third set to build a 3-0 lead before completing victory in the first all-Russian men's final in the 16-year history of the Moscow indoor event.

The win moved world No. 5 Davydenko a step closer to securing a place in next month's season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai.

Former world No. 1 Safin, who returned to the tour in February after six months out with a knee injury, was bidding for his first title since winning the Australian Open in January, 2005.

Chakvetadze, who earned her maiden WTA title in Guangzhou, China two weeks ago, outplayed the more experienced Petrova thanks to an excellent all-around game and greater court coverage.

Petrova, chasing her sixth title of the year, was playing with both thighs heavily strapped and was also nursing a chest injury.

"I was a little bit lucky today because Nadia was obviously not 100 percent fit," said Chakvetadze, who beat Petrova in both of their previous matches this year.

"But still I'm very happy to win in here in Moscow," added the 19-year-old Muscovite, who will take home $196,900 for her efforts.

She reached the last four without hitting a ball after U.S. Open champion and second seed Maria Sharapova pulled out with a foot injury Friday.

Chakvetadze broke the world No. 5 in the ninth game to clinch the first set then twice more to take a 4-1 lead in the second.

Although, Petrova pulled one break back, the 24th-ranked Chakvetadze held on to record the biggest victory of her career.

She converted her first match point when Petrova netted a forehand to end the contest after 1 1/2 hours.

Chakvetadze will now move into the top 20 for the first time. She is projected to reach No. 16 when the new rankings are released Monday.

Petrova remained optimistic despite the defeat.

"I'm not going to make a tragedy out of this," she said.

"I did what I could today."