Yevgeny Kafelnikov wasted three match points but held on to beat Magnus Larsson 6-4, 6-4 and win the Gerry Weber Open Sunday.
Kafelnikov, seeking a title to build his confidence for Wimbledon, won the $875,000 grass-court tuneup for the second straight year.For the former French Open winner, the championship was his 16th but first since February.
"I've been too nervous in decisive moments to win," Kafelnikov said. "But winning was the best preparation for Wimbledon."
Kafelnikov threatened to blow out Larsson, a former top 10 player making a comeback from a lingering virus. Attacking the net, the world No. 7 won the first set in 33 minutes and took a 5-1 lead in the second.
"I had no chance, he put too much pressure on me. He made me look bad," Larsson, ranked No. 51, said.
But the second-seeded Kafelnikov double faulted to let Larsson close to 5-3 and allowed two match points to slip away in the next game.
After the second one, a forehand that sailed long, the Russian shook his fists at the sky, blaming the error on the sound of an overhead jet.
"The whole situation was ticklish," Kafelnikov said. "First came the break, then he broke back and I lost my concentration again.'
Kafelnikov fell behind 0-30 in the next game, with his lead down to 5-4. But he recovered his poise although a third match point slipped away when his hard volley narrowly missed the line.
Kafelnikov earned $122,000 and Larsson got $72,400.
Draper wins Queen's Club title
LONDON - Australian Scott Draper earned his first ATP Tour title Sunday, defeating Belgian-born Italian Laurence Tieleman 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 at the Queen's Club.
Draper didn't face a break point in the grass-court match and closed out Tieleman with his 10th ace.
Despite the absence of big-name players in the final like top-seeded Pete Sampras and No. 2 Greg Rusedski, the match was a sellout. Sampras was beaten by Australian Mark Woodforde and Rusedski retired with a severe ankle sprain that could sideline him when Wimbledon begins in a week.
Draper broke Tieleman only once - in the first game of the second set - as neither player returned well. Draper controlled the match with better passing shots as Tieleman consistently missed his volleys.
Coming into the tournament, Draper had not won consecutive matches all season and had been slowed by injuries and inconsistency.
For Draper, ranked No. 108 in the world, this was only his second ATP final. He lost at Adelaide in 1997 to countryman Todd Woodbridge.
Tieleman, ranked 253rd, was playing in his first ATP final, never having gone beyond the quarterfinals in a Tour event.
Before the match against Draper, all of Tieleman's main-draw victories on the ATP Tour had come on grass. He had 12 victories on that surface, but was 0-3 on clay and 0-5 on hardcourts.
The doubles final was rained out with Woodbridge and Woodforde leading Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden and Patrick Rafter of Australia 3-1 in the first set. The match will not be continued and the two teams will share the title.