Jiri Novak captured his first AIG Japan Open and sixth ATP title with a come-from-behind three-set victory over American Taylor Dent at the Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. The Czech’s 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 win earned him $118,000 and an inscription on the Japan Open silverware.

The fifth seed, who had beaten Paradorn Srichaphan and Lleyton Hewitt in the previous rounds, was naturally elated with his triumph.

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