(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.