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Bellucci upsets top seed Tipsarevic in Gstaad

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Thomaz Bellucci lifted his third ATP Tour title © PA Photos
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Thomaz Bellucci claimed revenge for last week's Stuttgart loss to Janko Tipsarevic by getting the better of the Serb in Sunday's Suisse Open final.

Tipsarevic edged a tight three-setter in the pair's Stuttgart semi-final eight days ago, and they went the distance again in Gstaad, with Bellucci this time emerging victorious. Having dropped the first set, Bellucci broke five times in the match to emerge a 6-7(6) 6-4 6-2 winner.

Following his win in Stuttgart, Tipsarevic had said of his Brazilian rival: "He was completely different than the other players I played here. Suddenly I'm playing a lefty who plays really far behind the baseline with heavy spin, so I needed to adjust my game."

Bellucci's style served to trouble the top seed once again, completing a fine week which has seen him beat No. 4 and No. 5 seeds Mikhail Youzhny and Feliciano Lopez en route to the final. By contrast, the highest ranked opponent Tipsarevic had beaten was world No. 172 Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Victory earns Bellucci his third ATP Tour title, lifting his recent record to 13 wins in 14 outings. He now heads to London for the Olympic Games.

The German Tennis Championships final was won by Juan Monaco, who claimed the biggest title of his career by defeating Tommy Haas. Monaco's previous five tournament triumphs had come at the 250-level, but Sunday's 7-5 6-4 win sees him move into the world's top ten.

Haas had won his previous eight ATP Tour finals, suffering his last defeat in a final to Andre Agassi in 2002. However, he was broken five times as Monaco denied the home crowd a popular win.

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