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Archive for Monday, September 17, 2001

Safin wins President’s Cup

Kafelnikov falls in straight sets in first all-Russian ATP final

September 17, 2001

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— Marat Safin won the first all-Russian final in an ATP event, defeating Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-2, 6-2 Sunday at the $550,000 President's Cup.

After Safin's victory, his first title of the year, a moment of silence was held to honor victims of the terrorist attacks in the United States.

"This week left a psychological imprint on my life," Kafelnikov said. "It was impossible to watch the horrible scenes of the tragedy happening in the United States on television. ...

"I underwent deep psychological stress and it is a miracle that I reached the finals."

Safin, the defending champion, won in 56 minutes.

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