Moya to make his seventh appearance at Chennai Open

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New Delhi, Nov 13 (UNI) Former World number one Spaniard Carlos Moya has confirmed his participation for Chennai Open which kicks off from January 5 next year.

Currently ranked 42 in the world, Moya, who is a two-time Chennai Open champion (2004, 2005), will make his seventh appearance in the last eight years at the tournament.

Confirming his participation, Moya said, ''This would be my seventh visit in the last eight years. I always look forward to coming to Chennai. I love the courts and the crowd always supports me. I just want to come here and give my best and enjoy being part of this popular tournament.'' Moya, winner of 20 ATP singles championships, has been very consistent at Chennai Open and has always came up with great performances.

After winning the Championships in 2004 and 2005, he missed a hat trick in 2006 where he was defeated by Ivan Ljubucic.

In 2007, he was well on-course to another final, but a brilliant performance by Austrian Stefan Koubek (the eventual runner-up) deprived him of the same.

In 2008, he showed good form reaching the semi-finals but was a bit unlucky as he lost out to his good friend and the then World number two, Rafael Nadal after a tense and riveting clash, which was probably one of the best match ever played in the history of the tournament.

Nadal was extended to three tiebreakers by Moya before winning the match 6-7(3), 7-6(8), 7-6(1). Nadal went on to lose the final to the eventual winner Mikhail Youzhny.

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