Moya advances to final at Studena Croatia Open once again

Jul 28, 2007 - 8:56 PM UMAG, Croatia (Ticker) -- Carlos Moya has made a career out of playing at Umag.

The sixth seed from Spain, Moya advanced to the final at the Studena Croatia Open for the sixth time with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 5 Guillermo Canas of Argentina on Saturday.

A four-time winner of this $488,000 claycourt tournament, Moya will face unseeded Romanian Andrei Pavel in Sunday's title game.

Moya, who won three consecutive titles here starting in 2001, last reached the final in 2005, when he lost to Guillermo Coria.

So far, the 30-year-old Moya has cruised through the draw, not dropping a set and losing no more than nine games against any opponent. His toughest match was a 7-5, 6-4 victory over fourth seed and countryman David Ferrer in Friday's quarterfinals.

Pavel reached his first final of the year by dispatching surprising qualifier Viktor Troicki, 6-3, 6-3.

Pavel, who rallied from a set down to beat No. 7 Filippo Volandri in the quarterfinals on Friday, last appeared in a title match at Poertschach, Austria in May 2006.

Moya has faced Pavel four previous times, winning three of them - all on clay.

Ranked 176th in the world, Troicki toppled top seed Novak Djokovic en route to his first career appearance in the round of four.

The 21-year-old Troicki had just a 1-3 record prior to this tournament.

First prize is $77,000.






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