Rosol Wins First ATP Title Less Than Two Weeks After Father’s Death



(April 28, 2013) Dedicating the win to his father, who passed away ten days ago, Lukas Rosol captured his first-ever ATP title on Sunday in Bucharest defeating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-2.

In his title run for the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy, the Czech lost only one set and ousted three seeded players along the way including defending champion Gilles Simon in the semifinals.

“It could not be better this week, Rosol said. I came here from a full two weeks of practice. I didn’t know what to expect of myself. So I’m pretty satisfied with this result… I will remember this week. It was very emotional for me and is something special. I found a way to beat some good players and succeed.”

“I wanted to dedicate this trophy to someone, so I found the energy. I felt somebody was helping me from up top. It’s not just about me. My family has always supported me and my tennis. I felt match after match, my dream was coming true.”

Rosol’s banner week is predicted to put his ranking up to a career- high No. 36 on Monday.