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Fourth seed Nalbandian claims Sydney title

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  • Argentine fourth seed David Nalbandian has won the Sydney International title
  • Nalbandian defeated Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-3 6-7 6-2 in Saturday's final
  • Nalbandian is seeded 10th for next week's Australian Open at Melbourne Park
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(CNN) -- Argentine David Nalbandian has won the Sydney International title after defeating Finn Jarkko Nieminen in Saturday's final.

Nalbandian celebrates his three-set victory over Jarkko Nieminen in the Sydney International final.

Nalbandian celebrates his three-set victory over Jarkko Nieminen in the Sydney International final.

Fourth seed Nalbandian defeated his unbeaten opponent 6-3 6-7 6-2 in a match lasting two hours and 16 minutes, to secure his 10th career title.

Nalbandian is the 10th seed for next week's Australian Open and he faces Frenchman Marc Gicquel in his opening match on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old wiill go into the first Grand Slam of the year in good heart after victories over Michael Llodra, four-time champion Lleyton Hewitt and Richard Gasquet on his way to victory in Sydney.

He also extended his perfect record to seven from seven matches at the Sydney Olympic venue after inspiring Argentina to beat Australia in the 2005 Davis Cup quarterfinal.

The defeat continued Nieminen's poor success rate in finals, with just one title from nine career finals to show for his efforts.

Nieminen, who beat world number three and Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, will meet 28th seed Paul-Henri Mathieu in the first round on Monday.

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