Mario Ancic of Croatia won his first ATP title at the Ordina Open on Sunday in Den Bosch, Netherlands, beating defending champion Michael Llodra 7-5, 6-4.
It was the first victory in three finals for the 21-year-old Ancic, whose powerful serve befuddled his opponent.
“I played some good points when I needed them,” Ancic said.
Ancic reached the semifinals of Wimbledon last year after also making the semifinals at Den Bosch. He said he hoped to “continue the tradition” in his opening match this year at Wimbledon, which starts Monday.
Ancic, seeded 10th, will meet German qualifier Tobias Summerer in his first match.
Llodra said he also felt more confident for Wimbledon, despite the loss. He plays ninth-seed Sebastien Grosjean, also from France, in the first round.
“I have been serving very good all week. For sure it is my biggest weapon,” Ancic said. “I didn’t give him too many chances to return.”
Chiefs lose cornerback Battle
Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Julian Battle will miss the upcoming season with a torn left Achilles’ tendon.
Battle, who was working with the starters because of Eric Warfield’s legal problems, was injured during a minicamp practice Saturday.
“He’s going to be operated on,” Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said. “He popped his Achilles’ tendon, and he’s lost for the year.”
Battle, a third-round draft pick out of Tennessee in 2003, has played in 26 games for the Chiefs. He made one start last season, as a fifth defensive back.
Mexico shuts out Brazil
For one day at least, Mexico is the king of Latin American soccer.
Mexico upset Brazil 1-0 in the Confederations Cup at Frankfurt, Germany, outplaying the five-time World Cup champions with Jared Borgetti scoring the winner on a 59th-minute header.
Mexico joined Germany and Argentina in the semifinals of this high-profile showcase, a two-week tuneup for next year’s World Cup.
In Sunday’s other Group B game, Asian champion Japan beat European champion Greece 1-0. Greece is out of the chase to reach the semis. The other berth will be decided Wednesday when Japan plays Brazil.
•Birgit Prinz scored a goal to help Germany win its fourth straight European Women’s Championship, 3-1 over Norway at Blackburn, England.
Gonzalez wins Tour de Suisse
Aitor Gonzalez rallied to win the Tour de Suisse after taking the final stage in Ulrichen, Switzerland, giving Spain its first title at the event in 32 years.
Going into the day fourth in the overall standings, the Euskalel rider dominated the 62.14-mile mountain stage to win in 3 hours, 3 minutes, 52 seconds and overtake leader Michael Rogers of Australia.
The last Spaniard to win the Swiss tour was Manuel Fuente in 1973.
Track and field
Russia captures women’s title
Russia won its ninth straight European Cup women’s title at Florence, Italy, while Germany retained its men’s title.
Natalya Antyukh helped Russia take the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3 minutes, 23.56 seconds. Russia finished with 131.5 points, while Poland was second (94) and Germany third (93).
The men’s competition was much closer. Germany won with 113 points, followed by France (104) and Italy (98).
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