(June 14, 2015) Nicolas Mahut won a second Topshelf Open title while Camila Giorgi claimed her first WTA title on Sunday.
Qualifier Mahut upset second seed David Goffin 7-6(1), 6-1 in 77 minutes, while the fifth-seeded Giorgi stopped rising Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic 7-5, 6-3 win.
“It was a very tense first set, but after one-all (Goffin) was missing some shots and I felt more and more confident,” Mahut said.
“I had trouble with my neck today, so it was tough to serve and to return the ball when the pace was fast,” Goffin said.
For Mahut this was his third career ATP World Tour title, all of his titles have come on grass courts. (2013, 2015 ‘s-Hertogenbosch and 2013 Newport)
“I think I played better here this year than two years ago,” said the 33-year-old Frenchman. “From the first round I was hitting the ball really well.”
“It was really tough to lose the first set,” said the Belgian. “I had trouble with my neck today, so it was tough to serve and to return the ball when the pace was fast.”
The 23-year-old Giorgi, finally broke through for a title victory, falling short in her three previous finals.
Giorgi saved three match points in her quarterfinal win over Yaroslava Shvedova. She is the fourth player this year to save match points on the way to a WTA title, joining Andrea Petkovic, Sara Errani and Daniela Hantuchova in that feat.
“It’s been a great week for me and I’m so happy to bring this trophy home,” Giorgi said after the match.
“It was my first time here and it went so well. Every match was great for me this week, and I felt like I was playing more and more consistently every match.”
Giorgi will play another warm-up for Wimbledon event at Eastbourne next.