trophy watch: open sud de france, pbz zagreb indoors, vtr open

This past week week, the women and the men swapped spots for world team play; with the ladies competing in their first Fed Cup ties of the season and the men duking it out for titles at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors, the VTR Open in Vina del Mar, and at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.

Marin Cilic - PBZ Zagreb Indoors 2013

Top seed and local Marin Cilic won his third PBZ Zagreb Indoors title after defeating Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-1 in the final. Cilic also won this title in 2009 and 2010. Melzer is looking for an uptick on his win-loss record for 2013 so far, which has seen upsets to lower-ranked players and upsets against Tomas Berdych in Melbourne and Grigor Dimitrov in Brisbane.

Melzer, on his loss to Cilic:

“He was the better player today. I needed it to be close at 4-all, 5-all in the first set to give me confidence. That didn’t happen and he ran away with it. I felt like I was hitting the ball really well at the beginning, but he hit the ball even better. What made the difference in the first few games is that he had free points on serve, whereas I had to work for them: hit a winner or play well so he missed. He deserved the victory.”

More: Trophies from France (our pick of the week!) and Chile, plus the Fed Cup ties — after the cut…

going home: open sud de france, vtr open, pbz zagreb indoors

 PBZ Zagreb Indoors - 2013 tennis tournament website

PBZ Zagreb Indoors – Zagreb, Croatia

Going home: TSF’s screengrabs of tennis tournament homepages and websites.

Nothing of note to report from the sites of the three ATP events running this week (while the women take a break for Fed Cup play): the Open Sud de France (Montpellier, France) has a solid photo gallery and video section. We are dying to know what’s going on with this segment on tennis-themed art. Alas, it’s only in French, so we can’t take advantage; we suggest adding subtitles for next year’s videos.

The VTR Open (Vina del Mar, Chile) is pretty much letting Rafael Nadal‘s return to the ATP Tour do all the talking; the Chileans are keeping a straightforward web presence.

The PBZ Zagreb Indoors, with its genius square root logo, mixes it up with some bright colors and a fun, throwaway memory game based a tournament ad.

 

VTR Open - Vina del Mar, Chile - 2013 Tournament homepage

VTR Open – Vina del Mar, Chile

Open Sud de France website

Open Sud de France – Montpellier, France

pbz zagreb indoors 2013: dimitrov ousted in the first round

Grigor Dimitrov outsed in the opening round of the 2013 PBZ Zagreb Open in Croatia

PBZ Zagreb Indoors
ATP World Tour 250 / €410,200 (€467,800 Total Financial Commitment)
Zagreb, Croatia / February 4-10, 2013
Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 5 FEBRUARY, 2013

Singles – First Round
[5] M Klizan (SVK) d [LL] M Viola (ITA) 46 76(6) 61
I Karlovic (CRO) d [7] G Dimitrov (BUL) 76(3) 76(3)
G Zemlja (SLO) d [Q] I Bozoljac (SRB) 67(5) 76(4) 62
B Kavcic (SLO) d A Bedene (SLO) 67(5) 63 63
I Sijsling (NED) d [WC] N Mektic (CRO) 64 62
L Rosol (CZE) d [Q] F Veger (CRO) 62 64
[PR] S Devvarman (IND) d [Q] M Berrer (GER) 06 76(6) 41 ret. (fatigue) – saved 1 M.P.
[Q] P Petzschner (GER) d [WC] M Pavic (CRO) 75 62

Doubles – First Round
M Baghdatis (CYP) / M Youzhny (RUS) d [1] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) 62 61
I Dodig (CRO) / M Pavic (CRO) d R Haase (NED) / I Sijsling (NED) 62 63

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 6 FEBRUARY, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
P Marx (GER) / F Mergea (ROU) vs M Cilic (CRO) / M Draganja (CRO)

Not Before 12:00 PM
[WC] A Veic (CRO) vs R Haase (NED)

Not Before 2:45 PM
T Kamke (GER) vs [6] M Baghdatis (CYP)

Not Before 5:45 PM
I Dodig (CRO) vs B Becker (GER)
[3] M Youzhny (RUS) vs I Sijsling (NED)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[8] L Lacko (SVK) vs F Cipolla (ITA)
[4] J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) vs M Elgin (RUS) / I Zelenay (SVK)
[WC] T Androic (CRO) / D Marcan (CRO) vs [2] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK)
I Karlovic (CRO) / F Moser (GER) vs M Klizan (SVK) / A Seppi (ITA)
[PR] L Lacko (SVK) / J Levinsky (CZE) vs [WC] M Delic (CRO) / F Skugor (CRO)
B Becker (GER) / L Rosol (CZE) vs [3] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) – After Suitable Rest

(Photo Credit: PBZ Zagreb Indoors)

jurgen melzer: we believed it when we saw it

We had a hunch that the current adidas Spring Edge line for men didn’t look quite right in the white/green colorway, but looks pretty darn good in black/green. And to prove our point, here’s Jurgen Melzer on his way to a semifinal exit at last week’s PBZ Zagreb Indoors. He lost to eventual champ Marin Cilic.

(image via Getty Images)

lefties and lanks rule the roost

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.

South Africa and South America: See the other two singles winners after the cut…

trophy watch: tsonga rams chardy and cilic goes back for seconds

The inaugural South African Open in Johannesburg saw an all-French final between hitting partners Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Jeremy Chardy. Tsonga, who did not drop a set all week, earned $79,000 for his 6-4, 7-6 (5) performance. This is his third career title and first of 2009.

Props to the tourney organizers for coming up with a one-of-a-kind memento of Tsonga’s achievement, however Lord of the Flies it may be. I’m just going to think that those aren’t real horns; I’ll sleep better at night.

And in Croatia, two lanky locals — Marin Cilic and Mario Ancic — played in the finals of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors. Cilic’s 6-3, 6-4 win gives him his second title in five weeks and his third overall. He also now has a 13-1 match record for 2009, an ATP-best.

In Vina Del Mar, Chile, Fernando Gonzalez took home his fourth Movistar Open title by beating Jose Acasuso 6-1, 6-3.

(photos via Getty Images)