Juan Monaco has made his way into the Top Ten as of Monday, thanks to capturing the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg over German veteran Tommy Haas 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday.
“It’s amazing, it’s a dream come true,â€ Monaco said of breaking into the top ten. â€œI will always remember this great week because it’s very important for me and my team. It was a big goal we had pre-season when we were practicing very hard.â€
The Argentine, who was into his second final in two weeks, won his third clay-court title of the year for his sixth overall tournament win, with all six titles coming on clay.
The 34-year-old Hamburg native coming back from hip and shoulder surgery was trying to win a second title in his home country. Haas beat Roger FedererÂ to win Halle last month. Haas is projected to move up to around No. 35 in the world.
“He played a tremendous match,â€ Haas said. All credit to him. He performed really well, especially when it came down to the big points. I tried to play my best; I thought I played really well throughout the match. Having the crowd support really lifted me to another gear, but it just wasn’t enough today.
“I really didn’t know if I was going to be able to get this feeling one more time, especially here in Hamburg. To have experienced another week like this with getting to the final is obviously another dream week for me.”
“I can’t complain about the way I played today, â€œ not the Argentine. â€œI was 4-1 down in the first set, but I never gave up. I was fighting every point, very focused and very motivated to win this tournament. I think it was very important to win the first set. In the last two games of the match I think I played very well.â€
Monaco is bound for the London Olympics next. “To change the courts is not going to be easy for me,â€ Monaco said, Â â€œbut I have five days for practice to be with the guys there. So, letâ€™s see how it goes. This tournament will bring me big confidence and Iâ€™m feeling great, no injuries. So, I will try my best in London.”
Singles – Final
 J Monaco (ARG) d [WC] T Haas (GER) 75 64
Doubles – Final
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d [Alt] R Dutra Silva (BRA) / D Munoz-De La Nava (ESP) 64 63