Top-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia defeated No. 8 Byron Black of Zimbabwe 7-6, (7-0), 3-6, 6-1 in the final of the $328,000 Australian Hardcourt tennis championships Sunday.
It was the second time in three years Kafelnikov won the title.Kafelnikov, ranked sixth in the world, struggled in the second set before lifting his game in the decisive set.
Kafelnikov had difficulty adjusting to the center court temperature of 86 degrees after playing all but one of his previous matches of the tournament at night.
Kafelnikov said the victory boosted his confidence for the Australian Open, beginning Jan. 15.
"But to win a grand slam, you have to win seven five-set matches - it's not easy," he said.
The top-seeded Australian pair of Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge won the doubles final, beating Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman and Tommy Ho of the United States 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).
At Doha, Qatar, Petr Korda of the Czech Republic beat Younes el-Aynaoui of Morocco 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 7-6 (7-5) Sunday to win the Qatar Open.
It was the 27-year-old Czech's seventh career title and came just three months after a hernia operation to cure him of a nagging groin injury that bothered him for 18 months.
Korda's ranking will move up to 27 from 41 on Monday.
At Bremen, Germany, Germany upset Russia in the women's European Olympic volleyball final Sunday, becoming the fifth nation to qualify for the right to play in Atlanta this summer.
The Germans pulled off the surprising win over the favored Russian team: 4-15, 15-9, 15-5, 8-15, 16-14.
The Russians went into Sunday's play with a 3-0 record, having beaten the Germans on Saturday in straight sets. Germany played that game with mostly substitute players, however, saving the first string for Sunday's game.
Russia, the Netherlands and Croatia still could qualify for the Olympics by winning another tournament set for late May in Japan.
Already qualified for the Olympics are the United States, world champion Cuba, Brazil and China.