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Hat-trick for Berdych, Cilic, and Murray

HEAD Racquet Rebels dominated on the ATP World Tour this past weekend, winning a hat-trick of indoor titles in Vienna, Stockholm and Moscow as the race to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London enters its final two weeks.

There was HEAD trophy success all over Europe with Andy Murray, who endorses the HEAD Graphene Radical, winning the 30th title of his career as he beat David Ferrer 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in the final of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. In Moscow, US Open champion Marin Cilic, who recommends the HEAD Graphene Prestige, won his second Russian title by claiming the Kremlin Cup with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut. At the Stockholm Open in Sweden, Racquet Rebel Tomas Berdych, who endorses the HEAD Graphene Instinct, defeated Grigor Dimitrov 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 for a tenth career trophy and his second in the Swedish capital after winning in 2012.

Murray came back from 3-5 down in a third set against Ferrer which was riddled by seven breaks of serve. “I’m lucky I just managed to pull it off. It always feels great to win a title, this was an extremely difficult match,” said Murray. “Maybe there will be one glass of champagne,” he hinted after beating Ferrer for the eighth time. “Every event is so important now with the race for London going strong.”

Cilic backed up his US Open title with the Moscow win, his second in Russia after St. Petersburg three years ago. “This is one of my most important titles; after winning a Grand Slam event you lose a lot of energy and emotions. It was very important for me to bounce back,” he said. “A win here will be a serious push forward for my career.”

Berdych was pleased to claim a second Stockholm title. “I did everything right from the start. I felt I found my game plan after losing the first set. I stayed with it and the victory came.” The trio of trophy performances also tightened the race for the last three spots at the year-end event, with Cilic making his debut in London after he claimed the fifth spot. Berdych and Murray are among the next potential names to qualify into the eight-man field.

In the doubles competition in Vienna, wild cards J├╝rgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner (HEAD Graphene Prestige) lifted their sixth team trophy with a 7-6(6), 4-6, 10-7 victory over Andre Begemann (HEAD Graphene Instinct) and Julian Knowle in the final.

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