February 23, 2017

Tsonga, Dolgopolov and Harrison Win ATP World Tour Titles

(February 19, 2017) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won his 13th career title on the ATP World Tour on Sunday, coming back to stop third seed David Goffin of Belgium 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

The sixth seed, now ranked at No. 14 is the first Frenchman since Michael Llodra in 2008 to win the title.

“I’m really happy. The last couple of months I put in a lot of effort to come back to this level,” Tsonga said. “It’s a huge reward for me and it gives me new expectations for the rest of the year.”

The victory for the 31-year-old 2008 Australian Open finalist Tsonga was his  401st match win.

David Goffin

“It was a great week in the end,” Goffin said. “There was a lot of emotion this week and I won a lot of matches. I was a bit tired today. I started the final really well, but in the end Jo played better than me, especially in the third set. Of course I’m disappointed, but I played some good tennis and will be in the Top 10 on Monday.”

The 26-year-old Goffin will be the first Belgian to move into the Top Ten when the ranking come out on Monday.

Alexandr Dolgopolov

Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine upset top seed and world No. 5 Kei Nishikori of Japan 7-6(5), 6-4 to win the Argentina Open. It’s Dolgopolov’s third tournament win, with his last title victory coming at the 2012 Washington, DC event.

 

The Ukranian did not drop a set all week beating the second and fourth seeds on the way to the final. Dolgopolov came into Buenos Aires having lost 10 of his last 11 matches tour matches.
“I think you can call it a perfect week,’ said the winner. “I didn’t lose a set here and beat Kei for the first time. The fans were really supporting me and I felt very welcome here.”

Kei Nishikori

“I’m happy to be in the final,” said Nishikori. “Unfortunately I lost today, but Alex played better than me. I didn’t play badly, so hopefully I can keep this level going.”

 

Ryan Harrison

American Ryan Harrison won his first ATP World tour event by capturing the Memphis Open by beating Nikoloz Basilashvili of the Republic of Georgia 6-1, 6-4 in the final.

The 24-year-old is the second first-time winner this year on the men’s tennis tour, joining Sydney champion Gilles Muller.

Harrison won the event without losing a set.

“It’s always going to be special, but it’s even better here in front of a group of people that drove up from your hometown and have known you since you were five years old,” said the winner. “To do it in front of friends and family and people that saw the work I was putting in and my dedication, it definitely makes it more special.

“This was the first place I saw a professional tennis match, driving up from Shreveport. I will always remember Memphis. All those emotions were coming out there at the end. You have dreams and aspirations in life and for me it’s trying to be as great as I can in tennis. For me to come back here and win this title when I had thought it was impossible, it’s amazing.”

“In the first set, I could not find any rhythm, Nikoloz Basilashvili said. “I was not going for my shots and playing very defensive. Ryan was serving really well on the break points. I had a lot of chances in the second set, but the energy wasn’t great today. It hurts so much, but you have to learn from this for the next matches.”

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Martin Klizan Beats Gael Monfils for Rotterdam Crown

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(February 14, 2016) Slovak Martin Klizan did not need to save any match points, but still had to rally past fifth seed Gael Monfils 6-7 (1), 6-3, 6-1 to win the Rotterdam tournament on Sunday.

The southpaw saved five match points to stun sixth seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals and held off three match points in his semifinal win over Nicolas Mahut.

“I cannot believe that it happened,” Klizan said. “It was my dream to be on the board with these unbelievably great players. It’s an amazing feeling. Every day I was just fighting. Most of the time I had three-hour matches every day, so the only thing I could do was fight. In the end I saved so many match points. I still cannot believe it.

“In tennis you play best-of-three or best-of-five, so there is always the chance to win the match. So I just tried to fight until the last point and it was a good option.

“This is the best result in my career so far. I’m very, very proud of it. Also in our country, maybe I can be a motivation for the young players. I’m very happy for that.”
“Martin played a very good match,” Monfils said. “I think he just played a brilliant match today, better than me, so well done to him. I had good matches, but still it’s tough to lose in the final.”

For Klizan, it’s his four ATP World Tour title. He is 4-0 in finals, also capturing St. Petersburg in 2012, Munich in 2014 and Casablanca in 2015.

Nicolas Mahut and Vasek Pospisil won their first ATP World Tour doubles title together as they defeated Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Peya 7-6(2), 6-4.

“It’s my second 500 title and my second time here, so I think it’s a great tournament for me,” Mahut said. “I’m really proud of the week and I’m really happy to share it with Vasek; he’s a really good guy. We were a little bit disappointed last year to lose in the first round. This year we tried again and we’re really happy to hold the trophy.”

“We played a really good match,” Pospisil added. “We didn’t make any mistakes and we didn’t give them too many looks on our service games, which was key. We were serving well and putting a lot of pressure on them. Obviously, it helps to have a great partner so I think I got lucky there as well this week! We’re thrilled we got the win today.”

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Wawrinka Takes Rotterdam Trophy

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(February 15, 2015) Stan Wawrinka took out defending champion Tomas Berdych for the sixth time in a row, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam for his ninth career title, first indoor crown and first ATP 500 trophy.

“Tomas was playing really well, but I’m happy to turn that match for me and win the title,” said Wawrinka. “Winning indoors is something special for me personally.”

The 29-year-old Swiss turned the tide of the match in the second set when he broke serve for a 5-3 lead and broke again and held for 2-0 at the start of the third set.

“I had my chances in the beginning of the second set, and I didn’t take them so I think that cost me the match,” Berdych said. “I can see some positive things because the last time I played him it went a completely different way. I was in control in the beginning and the small differences decided it.”

“It’s been an amazing week,” Wawrinka said. “It wasn’t easy, but every match I found my way. It was a great final. Tomas was playing really well, but I’m happy to turn that match for me and win the title.

“It’s my first (ATP World Tour) 500 title and winning indoors is something special for me personally. It’s always amazing to win a trophy. It’s the best feeling.”

“I’m disappointed with the way the match finished,” Berdych said. T”here can only be one winner. I had my chances in the beginning of the second set and I didn’t make them so I think that cost me the match.

“I can see some positive things because the last time I played him it went a completely different way. I was in control in the beginning and the small differences decided it today. Next time I need to work harder.”

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