The Italian  captured his first title at the age of 29 in his eighth year on the tour (116th main-level tournament). He trailed *1:4 (30-all) in the 1st set. The 3rd set was more equal than the scoreline could suggest – Sanguinetti saved a break point in the opening game and five break points leading 3:1. For Federer  the first tournament as a defending champion. The maiden champion said: “After Australia I talked to my coach and he told me I needed to find the real Davide inside me and I needed to do it myself. Coming to play here in Italy puts a little more pressure on me but that was not a problem. But playing in Italy changed something – I was more sure of myself inside and felt on equal terms with my opponents.”
Sanguinetti’s route to the maiden title:
1 Christian Vinck 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
2 Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-2, 6-4
Q Younes El Aynaoui 7-6(4), 7-6(2)
S Nicolas Escude 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
W Roger Federer 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-1
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