November 28, 2015

Berdych, Ferrer and Cilic Take ATP Titles

Tomas Berdych

Tomas Berdych

(October 25, 2015) Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Marin Cilic won singles titles on the ATP World Tour this week.

Tomas Berdych claimed the Stockholm Open for a third time besting American Jack Sock 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the final. Bedych came back from a break down in the first set.

It’s Berdych’s 12th ATP World Tour title. The Czech, who has already qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in London in November.

“I’ve definitely built up a good history here, which always helps,” Berdych said. “The tournament does a really good job taking care of us, making us feel at home. Sometimes you find a place in the world that suits you well, and it’s the case here. I’m glad to be able to add to my titles here.”
Later in the day, Sock and Nicholas Monroe won their first team doubles title as a team against Mate Pavic and Michael Venus. For Sock, this was his third doubles title of the year.

“My goal is always to do the best I can in singles,” Sock said. Doubles I play for fun and to get some more practice during the week, so singles is definitely my priority. (Berdych) is top-five, top-seven in the world for a reason. He stays in every game.”



David Ferrer

David Ferrer


David Ferrer made strides to reach the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month when the Spaniard won his 26th career title coming back from a set down to beat American Steve Johnson 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 to win the Erste Bank Open in Vienna on Sunday. The top seed and world No. 8 won his fifth title of the year. He won titles in Doha, Rio de Janeiro, Acapulco and Kuala Lumpur.

“It was a very tough match and difficult to beat Steve, who has a good serve and played aggressively throughout the match,” Ferrer said. “I waited for my opportunity and my experience counted. He also had his chance to win the tournament. Steve is playing very well, he’s beaten a lot of good players this week.”

“He just had a bit more experience,” said first-time ATP finalist Johnson who is ranked 47th. “I had some looks at 5-4 [in the third set], then at 5-5 he played a couple of incredible shots. I had an awesome week and am super-proud about how I played. I’m not going to be sad about this week and I look forward to the rest of the year. I have gained a lot of confidence and will work hard in the off season, because I know I can beat these guys.”
In the doubles final, first-time partners Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo came back from a set and a break down to win the final 4-6, 7-6(3) 10-6.

With the win, Melo will move up to No. 1 in the doubles rankings on November 2.

“I’m living the dream, playing three tournaments and winning 500, 1000 and 500 [Emirates ATP Rankings] points again,” Melo said. “There was a lot of pressure on my shoulders to become No. 1, this is a tough achievement. I am a really lucky guy to [soon-to-be] No. 1 with the Bryans still around.”

“It’s an amazing feeling, following surgery in May and the decision to focus solely on doubles,” Kubot said. “I couldn’t find a permanent partner this year, after I came back, so I am very happy to have won one of my favourite tournaments. I’m glad they got [ATP World Tour] 500-level status, because they really do deserve it as an indoor tournament. It’s my fourth title of the year, with my fourth different partner on four different surfaces. I am very happy to have played with Marcelo, maintaining his momentum. Our opponents had everything under control, but we took our chances and won the last point.”


Marin Cilic

Marin Cilic

In a case of what the late Hall of Fame baseball player Yogi Berra would have said, it was déjà vu all over again as Marin Cilic defended his title at the Kremlin Cup, in a repeat of last year’s final beating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 – the same score as last year.

For the 2014 US Open champion, it’s his 14th career crown and his first final since last year’s Moscow final.

“Maybe the first four or five games I didn’t feel so confident, but then it got better,” said the Croatian. “I’m glad the result was repeated. Last year was emotional for me. Of course, this year’s a little different. I felt very comfortable and relaxed on the court. Perhaps the victory this year is special in the sense that it is usually more difficult to defend than to win the tournament for the first time. The Kremlin Cup has become special for me and I can’t wait to come back here again.”


Granollers Wins Kitzbuhel


(August 3, 2013)— Marcel Granollers recovered from a disastrous start to win his fourth career ATP title beating second seed Juan Monaco 0-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 to win the Kitzbuhel, Austria title on Saturday.

Granollers is just the second player to win an ATP World Tour title after losing a 6-0 first set.

“Today I was half on my way to the airport, but I kept on fighting and started to play better in the middle of the second set,” Granollers said.”I definitely didn’t start well, but he played unbelievable, very solid with almost no mistakes.

“But until you lose the last point, you are still standing and I kept on going. I got probably more nervous than usual when I had to close the match at 5-3 in the third, but it’s normal to get that way in a final. I played very well after that and I did it. I came into this week playing well so I knew I could do something here.”

“I am disappointed to not have been able to come through today,” Monaco said. “The score never lies and I need to congratulate Marcel because he was a better player than me. Of course I know that overall, this was a great week for me. If I can be in the final every week, I will sign immediately. When I think where I was at the beginning of the season this is great.

“I probably played my best tennis of the year in the first set, which I need to be happy about, but Marcel started to play better and things turned around unfortunately for me. I really enjoyed being back in Kitzbuhel after 2007 when I won.”

Granollers is the sixth different Spaniard to win an ATP World Tour title this year. He is set to move into the top 40 when next week’s rankings come out.


Monaco and Granollers Gain Kitzbühel Final

ATP World Tour 250
Kitzbühel, Austria  (+2 hours GMT)
28 July – 3 August, 2013     Surface: Clay


Singles – Semifinals
[2] J Monaco (ARG) d [7] A Montanes (ESP) 76(2) 75
[8] M Granollers (ESP) d R Haase (NED) 76(0) 36 64

Doubles – Semifinals
[1] F Cermak (CZE) / L Dlouhy (CZE) d [3] O Marach (AUT) / F Verdasco (ESP) 76(5) 64
[4] M Emmrich (GER) / C Kas (GER) d J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) 75 76(4)


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[1] F Cermak (CZE) / L Dlouhy (CZE) vs [4] M Emmrich (GER) / C Kas (GER)

Not Before 1:00 PM
[8] M Granollers (ESP) vs [2] J Monaco (ARG)


Verdasco Falls in Austria

ATP World Tour 250
Kitzbühel, Austria  (+2 hours GMT)
28 July – 3 August, 2013     Surface: Clay


Singles – Quarterfinals
[2] J Monaco (ARG) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 62 36 64
R Haase (NED) d [3] F Verdasco (ESP) 46 64 63
[7] A Montanes (ESP) d [WC] D Thiem (AUT) 64 63
[8] M Granollers (ESP) d L Mayer (ARG) 63 61

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[3] O Marach (AUT) / F Verdasco (ESP) d D Brands (GER) / M Mertinak (SVK) 26 64 10-5
[4] M Emmrich (GER) / C Kas (GER) d [WC] G Melzer (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) 76(6) 63
J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d R Haase (NED) / R Klaasen (RSA) 61 63


CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[8] M Granollers (ESP) vs R Haase (NED)
[7] A Montanes (ESP) vs [2] J Monaco (ARG)
[1] F Cermak (CZE) / L Dlouhy (CZE) vs [3] O Marach (AUT) / F Verdasco (ESP)
[4] M Emmrich (GER) / C Kas (GER) vs J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS)