(June 22, 2013) Nicolas Mahut became a first-time winner on the ATP tour on Sunday besting Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-3 for the Topshelf Open title. The 31-year-old became the second qualifier this year to win a title. Ernest Gulbis was the first, winning at Delray Beach.
Ranked at No. 240 Mahut is the lowest ranked titlist on the ATP World Tour since 2008, when 244th ranked Kei Nishikori won the title in Delray Beach.
“It’s amazing. I cannot believe I won today,” said the Frenchman.” I didn’t know if I was going to play again when I had some bad times with my knee. All my team helped me a lot. We worked hard and here I am with the trophy. It’s a good story.”
“Emotionally, the last game was difficult, but I really served great, Mahut said in regard to winning the match. “ We played five points and I made four first serves, which helped a lot. Today was really tough to play in the conditions. It was rainy and cold, windy. I won my serve at 3-3 [in the first set], then I broke him. That for me, was the key to the match.”
Simona Halep was the champion on the women’s side, earning her second straight tournament win with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Kirsten Flipkens in a rain-interrupted contest.
Halep won her first career WTA title last week by besting Andrea Petkovic to win a clay court title at Nurnberger.
“It’s incredible, because I played really well on grass after a week on clay,” the Romanian said.” Today I played well. I was a little bit nervous at the start but I just tried to fight for every point. She’s playing a very difficult game for me, slicing a lot, but I played every point and just kept going, and I won in the end. I’m really happy. I want to enjoy this evening. It’s a special moment for me.”