Melzer wins 3rd career title at ATP Vienna

October 31, 2010 02:21 PM
Juergen Melzer of Austria celebrates after winning his match against Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria.

VIENNA (AP) Defending champion Jurgen Melzer rallied past Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-7 (10), 7-6 (4), 6-4 Sunday to win his third career title at the Bank Austria Trophy.

The 12th-ranked Melzer held on when Haider-Maurer served for the match at 5-3 in the second set and forced a tiebreaker. Melzer is the first player to successfully defend the title in Vienna since Ivan Ljubicic in 2005-06.

Haider-Maurer, who had never advanced to the quarterfinals, double-faulted twice and hit two unforced errors to let Melzer back into the match.

``It was very, very close,'' Melzer said. ``I just hoped that Andy would start thinking about winning and would get nervous and that's exactly what happened.''

The 157th-ranked Haider-Maurer reached his first ATP final. He's the lowest-ranked player to reach a final this season.

``He's among the best players in the world and played fantastic in the third set,'' said Haider-Maurer, who had pulled out of qualification with a thigh injury before entering the main draw as a replacement for Ernests Gulbis.

As a result of reaching the final, he will enter the top 120 when rankings are announced Monday.

``It's all still a dream to me,'' the 23-year-old Austrian said. ``Obviously, my next goal is getting in the top-100. When I keep playing on this level, it should be just a matter of time.''