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Martin uses wooden racket to beat Chang

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP)

Todd Martin used a vintage wooden racket to close out Michael Chang 8-5 on Friday night in the championship match of the Leeann Chin Challenge, the fourth event of the Champions Series.

Leading 7-5 in the eight-game pro-set final, Martin went to his bag to break out the wooden racket. He was broke Chang's serve by returning two crosscourt winners to win the match.

Martin reached the final with a 6-4 win over Andre Agassi. Chang beat Jim Courier 6-4 in the other semifinal.

Martin earned 400 points in the Champions Series rankings. Pete Sampras remained on top with 900 points, while Chang moved into second place with 700. The top three finishers at the end of the series will share a $1 million bonus pool.

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