The women took a week off to fight for the flags, but the men were vying for titles this past week.
Marin Cilic defended his title at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 win over Michael Berrer. After the match, Marin explained that second-set hiccup that went Berrer’s way.
“I was surprised with the level of [Berrer’s] game. It’s not that I underestimated him; it’s just that I did not expect this level of tennis in his first major final. There were no ups and downs in his game; I had to earn every point.”
Marin currently has a 15-1 record for 2010. He won Chennai and made it to the semis of the 2010 Australian Open.
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And in Johannesburg, lefty Feliciano Lopez won his second career ATP title (the last one came in 2004) at the SA Tennis Open. He beat Stephane Robert 7-5, 6-1. Lopez overcame the city’s high altitude — and finals jitters — before running away with the second set.
“[Stephane] had nothing to lose, all the pressure was on my side. So that’s probably why I played in this way in the first set. After I took the first set, everything was completely different. I started playing much better and my shots were working perfectly, from the baseline, net, everywhere.”
TSF fave Juan Monaco repeated his runner-up finish at the Movistar Open (back in 2008) by losing to Brazilian (and lefty) Thomaz Bellucci 2-6, 6-0, 4-6 in this past weekend’s final.
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