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Old 01-18-2004, 09:09 AM   #15
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Adam Chadaj returns to Jacob Adaktusson during the men's finals in the Aviation Cup.


Poland's Adam Chadaj made history of sorts when he became the only qualifier to lay his hands on the winner's trophy at the Fono Nokia ITF Dubai Aviation Cup, which concluded at the Aviation Club tennis courts last night.

Chadaj won 6-3, 7-6 (2) against Jacob Adaktusson of Sweden in under two hours of action at the centre court.

Colm McLoughlin, managing director of Dubai Duty Free was the chief guest and gave away the trophies to the winners in the presence of the tournament sponsors.

Chadaj, who worked his way through three days of qualifying before the start of the tournament, was swift on court and lunged at everything that came his way to unsettle the normally composed Jacob Adaktusson.

The Swede made far too many unforced errors and that in fact proved to be his undoing. The opening set went smooth and easy as Chadaj came up with two breaks to wrap up the set 6-3.

But the second set was a complete difference, as Adatuksson broke the Swede in the opening game, and then kept serve to go clear 2-0.

However, a pair of strong legs was what stood the swift-moving Pole in stead as he broke Adaktusson and then held serve to draw level 2-2. From then on, both players broke each other till they were tied 5-5.

Chadaj had an opportunity to wrap things up as he kept his serve in the 11th game to go clear 6-5.

However, Adaktusson was not one to give in so easily as he held his nerves and his serve to force the tie-breaker.

But it always meant to be the day of the underdog as Chadaj took the tie-breaker easily to earn the wild card at stake at the Dubai Duty Free ATP Men's Open at the end of February.


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