Schwartzman beats Verdasco to win Rio Open

Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman ended a two-year wait for his second ATP tour title as he overpowered an exhausted Fernando Verdasco to win the Rio Open 6-2 6-3 on Sunday. The world number 23 was in commanding form against an opponent who appeared to run out of puff after reaching both the singles and doubles finals in Rio. “I was very patient, solid, intense, I knew he was very tired as he had played both singles and doubles,” Schwartzman said of his opponent who won the doubles final on Saturday. “It’s been two years since I’ve won a tournament so I am very happy. It was a perfect week for me.” Schwartzman broke serve three times in the first set as Verdasco produced a string of unforced errors. Once the Spaniard squandered four break points at 2-2 in the second set, he appeared to wilt under pressure and Schwartzman ran away with the match.

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Tiafoe wins first career ATP title at Delray Beach

Frances Tiafoe won the Delray Beach Open, with father Frances Sr. watching, on Sunday for his first ATP Tour title. The 91st-ranked Tiafoe, the first wild-card recipient to win the title in its 26-year history, had consecutive aces on the final two points for a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Peter Gojowczyk of Germany. At 20, Tiafoe is the youngest American to win a title since Andy Roddick at 19 in 2002 in Houston.

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Khachanov beats Pouille in ATP final in Marseille

Russian Karen Khachanov surprised French third seed Lucas Pouille 7-5 3-6 7-5 in Marseille to win his second ATP title. The 21-year-old ninth seed, who won his maiden title at Chengdu in 2016, took victory in just under two hours. The world number 47 broke at the end of the first set to lead, before world number 16 Pouille saved two break points in the second set to level. But Khachanov served nine aces in the final set to edge out Pouille.

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Federer back at number one after winning in Rotterdam

Roger Federer came to the ABN AMRO World Tournament aiming to secure a return to the top of the world rankings. He achieved that goal Friday. On Sunday, he put an exclamation point on a remarkable week by winning the tournament for good measure. Federer overpowered an ailing Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour to win his 97th career title. “What a week it’s been. Absolutely amazing,” Federer said. “The goal was to make the semis and I won the tournament so of course I’m incredibly excited and so, so happy.” The 36-year-old Swiss extended his domination over the player once dubbed “Baby Fed” for the similarities in their playing style, registering his seventh victory in as many meetings.


Thiem wins for second time in Buenos Aires

If Dominic Thiem’s start to the Latin American Golden Swing is any indication of his 2018 form, the rest of the ATP World Tour better take notice. The Austrian blasted to the title at the Argentina Open, not dropping a set all week in notching the clay-court title. Thiem dominated Sunday’s final, downing Aljaz Bedene 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 31 minutes. He extended his perfect mark in Buenos Aires to 9-0, having previously won the title in 2016, and lifted his ninth ATP World Tour trophy in total. It was his first crown in nearly a year, since triumphing in nearby Rio de Janeiro last February. Thiem’s victory puts him in elite company, becoming just the third player in the last 30 years to win multiple titles in the Argentine capital. The World No. 6 joins Spaniards David Ferrer (2012-14) and Carlos Moya (1995, ’03, ’06) in the exclusive club.

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Anderson wins New York Open

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson bagged only the fourth title of his career with a three-set victory over Sam Querrey to claim the ATP Tour New York Open on Sunday. Anderson played flawlessly in the third set tie-break to win 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/1) in two hours and 13 minutes, ending Querrey’s hopes of a title on home soil. The 31-year-old Anderson — who lost in the final of the US Open in New York last September — expressed delight at bucking a trend which has seen him lose in 11 finals before Sunday. “I’ve been to quite a few finals and if it doesn’t go your way it’s pretty tough to deal with,” Anderson said. “It means a lot to me that I was able to come through it today.”

Source: Daily Mail

First ATP title for Basic in Sofia

Bosnia’s Mirza Basic won seven matches in eight days to lift his first ATP Tour trophy after prevailing over Romania’s Marius Copil in the Sofia Open final on February 11 by a score of 7-6, 6-7, 6-4. Basic, whose stunning triumph included a win over Stan Wawrinka in the semi-final stage, started his week in the qualification rounds, where he knocked out Bulgarian wild-card Alexander Lazov, followed by his fellow countryman Tomislav Brkic. He went on to win his next three matches, against Germans Florian Meyer, fourth-seed Philipp Kohlschreiber and Maximilian Marterer before knocking out Wawrinka in straight sets (7-6, 6-4), the first seed and title favorite. The Swiss three-time Grand Slam champion, still recovering from injury, was a last-minute addition to the Sofia field, replacing home favourite and last year’s title winner Grigor Dimitrov, who pulled out before the draw, citing a nagging injury sustained at the Australian Open. “I’m very happy about everything this week. It’s the first title for me and the first final,” Basic said after the final, as reported by “Also, I’m very happy for breaking through after the match yesterday… After this week I will finally get in the Top 100. [After] this win, Sofia will always be my special place.” Basic entered the week as world number 129 and will jump more than 50 spots to 76th in the ATP Tour rankings.

Source: Sofiaglobe

Quito: Carballes Baena wins his first ATP title

Spanish qualifier Roberto Carballes Baena had an amazing run in Quito, winning six matches to become the first ATP winner on clay in 2018 and lift his maiden ATP trophy from the first final he entered. In the title match, Roberto toppled the second seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 4-6 6-4 in 2 hours and 27 minutes for his biggest achievement in a career so far, previously winning four Challenger crowns on clay. 24-year-old came to Quito with just 13 ATP wins and two of those came 12 months ago here when Ramos-Vinolas beat him in the quarter-final in three sets.More experienced Spaniard won their first meeting in Bastad in 2016 as well but he couldn’t go all the way today, facing 11 break points and losing serve three times. Roberto served well, losing just 21 points in 15 service games and he lost his serve twice from five break opportunities he offered to Ramos-Vinolas.

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Pouille winner in Montpellier

For the third time in 10 months, Lucas Pouille has saved match points en route to an ATP World Tour title. The 23-year-old overcame three-time champion Richard Gasquet 7-6(2), 6-4 at the Open Sud de France to win his fifth tour-level title on Sunday.Pouille saved two match points at 1-6, 3-5 against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Saturday’s second semi-final before his compatriot was forced to retire with a left hamstring injury. The World No. 17 seized his opportunity in the final with a fine serving performance, scoring an impressive 87-minute win over Gasquet to lift his second title on home soil (Metz, 2016).”I’m very happy with the win today,” said Pouille. “Obviously it was a tough match. Richard is an amazing player and one of the best on tour. The first set was very important and taking the tie-break led me to the victory. I’m very happy with the way I played. It was a great week for me in Montpellier, winning the title in the city where I got my first wild card on tour at 18. It’s a great feeling and I’m very happy with this. I hope to come back next year and defend my title.”

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Federer Claims his 20th Grandslam title in Australia

There were tears, but that was to be expected from Roger Federer at the Australian Open. In the end, the most remarkable part of his 20th Grand Slam singles title was that it came as no surprise. Not even at age 36 in a sport where the spoils have generally been reserved for a much younger crowd. Federer, like Serena Williams, has redefined the limits. After going nearly five years without a major title, he has now won three of the last five in a phase of his career when he insists that he would have been content with just one more. “I’ve won three Slams in 12 months,” he said. “I can’t believe it myself.” On Sunday, under a closed roof in Rod Laver Arena, Federer secured his sixth Australian Open by recovering his mojo in time to hold off Marin Cilic, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Federer is the oldest man to win the Open since one of his role models, Ken Rosewall, in 1972. Though seeded No. 2 behind Rafael Nadal, Federer was the clear favorite coming into this year’s tournament based on his hardcourt results in 2017 and the fragile physical state of his traditional archrivals. Still, he resisted that label. “I don’t think a 36-year-old should be a favorite of a tournament,” Federer said before the Open began. Federer broke down in tears — not for the first time — during the trophy ceremony in Rod Laver Arena as Laver himself was taking pictures with his phone from the front row.

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