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Jarkko Nieminen tops Julien Benneteau

Updated: January 14, 2012, 11:20 PM ET
Associated Press

SYDNEY -- Finnish qualifier Jarkko Nieminen won the Sydney International for his second ATP title, beating France's Julien Benneteau 6-2, 7-5 on Sunday in the rain-delayed final.

Nieminen was making his 12th finals appearance, while Benneteau lost for the sixth straight time in a championship match. Nieminen, the first qualifier since Lee Hyung-taik in 2003 to win the event, also won the 2006 in Auckland.

"It was a bit strange starting the final so early, but I just tried to focus ...

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