Dudi Sela 298.88.
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Israel's top tennis player Dudi Sela proved once again on Sunday that he is in the best form of his career. Sela won the Seoul Tournament after defeating Constantinos Economidis in the final 6:4, 6:4.
The victory will add $18,000 to Sela's bank account and 90 ATP points which should move him up the rankings to a career best 73.
Sela is also closer than ever to qualifying for the Beijing Olympic Games. The Israeli criterion is a ranking among the world's top 50.
Sela defeated Ivo Minar 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday to advance to the final of the $125,000 event in Seoul.
The 22-year-old has won seven of eight matches since leading Israel's Davis Cup team to a 3-2 win over Chile and has already ensured himself a new career best ranking regardless of Sunday's result.
Sela has yet to drop a set in Seoul and will be confident on Sunday of adding to the title he won at the Challenger tournament at Togliatti, Russia earlier this year.
"I played well and made the match easy," Sela said of his victory on Saturday. "I feel good and I hope to maintain my excellent form in the final."
In Friday's quarterfinals, Sela defeated Daniel Koellerer (154) 6-3, 6-1 and Minar beat Israeli Harel Levy 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Meanwhile, Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich lost 7-6 (4), 4-6, 10-5 to Lukasz Kubot and Lovro Zovko in the semifinals of the Lyon Grand Prix tennis tournament on Friday.
The Israelis, who defeated Mardy Fish and Jaroslav Levinsky 6-3, 6-4 in the last eight late Thursday night, converted just three of their 13 break points on Friday and will be disappointed with the loss to the unknown pairing.
Ram and Erlich nevertheless maintain their hold of the No. 7 spot in the ATP doubles race and can book their place in the season-ending tennis Masters Cup in China with a good showing at next week's BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.
No. 8 and reigning tennis Masters Cup champions Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi's lost in the St. Petersburg quarterfinals on Thursday, helping the Israeli's cause to reach a second straight Masters Cup.