ATP Zagreb: Garcia Lopez beat Seppi to win his fourth title - UBITENNIS
Connect with us

ATP

ATP Zagreb: Garcia Lopez beat Seppi to win his fourth title

Published

on

TENNIS ATP ZAGREB – Spanish player Guillermo Garcia Lopez beat Italian Andreas Seppi 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in one hour and 37 minutes in the ATP 250 Indoor Tournament in Zagreb to secure his fourth career title. There were no breaks in the opening set which came down to the tie-break where Lopez fought back from 1-4 down in the first-set tie-break by reeling off six consecutive points to seal the first set. At 1-4 Garcia Lopez won a 47-shot rally turning around the match in his favour. Diego Sampaolo

 

The second set went on serve until the fifth game of the second set when Seppi got the first break of the match to take the 3-2 lead but Garcia Lopez recovered by breaking back immediately and reeling off the next four games to clinch the win when Seppi hit his backhand into the net. Garcia Lopez scored his first win after losing his previous three head-to-head matches against Seppi. The Spanish player has lifted his first title since he beat Marcel Granollers in Casablanca 2014.

Garcia Lopez converted on two of his five break points and hit 25 winners. Garcia Lopez, who reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, had secured his spot into the final with a 6-4 6-4 win over Marcos Bagdatis in the semifinal.

This was very emotional. He played good tennis to get to 4-1 in the tie-break and I think it was very important to win the long rally at 4-3. When I broke back in the second I think he was very disappointed. I have never played very well against Seppi. His style is not good for my game. He is solid from both sides. Today I tried to change the rhythm. This is an emotional moment. You don’t win a tournament every week. It was just my fourth title during my whole career ”, said Garcia Lopez.

Despite the defeat in the final Seppi played a solid tournament and can look forward to a bright future after a good start to his season in which he reached the semifinal in Doha before beating Roger Federer in the fourth round at the Australian Open and qualifying for his seventh career final in Zagreb. The player from Caldaro coached by Max Sartori beat Marcel Granollers 7-6 6-1 in the semifinal with four breaks of serve on his five break point opportunities. In the semifinal Seppi was a break down in the first set but he recovered well to secure the opening set at the tie-break before getting a break early in the second set.

Seppi confirmed his ability to win very hard match, like the quarter final against Rikardas Berankis where the Italian player fought back from a set down to win 3-6 6-2 7-6. In this match Seppi failed to serve the match at 6-5 before fighting back from 1-4 in the tie-break to edge Berankis 8-6.

I was tired mentally and physically by the end of the second set. I tried to stay calm but I felt that I had no energy. I was a step away from winning the tournament but I have to see the positive things. I didn’t play my best tennis but I made it to the final with some good fighting spirit so it is pretty positive”, said Seppi

ATP

Svetlana Kuznetsova upsets Ashleigh Barty in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career

Published

on

Russian wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova edged top seed this year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty 6-2 6-4 in the semifinal of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career.

 

Two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova, who is now ranked world number 153, scored her third win against top 10 players this week  after beating former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova.

Barty missed her chance to regain world number 1 spot from Naomi Osaka, who was forced to retire from her quarter final.

Barty earned the first break of the match in the second game of the opening set, when Kuznetsova netted a backhand. Kuznetsova broke back in the third game with a smash winner and earned another break at 2-2 when Barty netted a backhand. Kuznetsova hit a return winner to build up a 5-2 lead. Barty asked a medical time-out to treat he right leg. Kuznetsova held serve at 15 to close out the opening set after 30 minutes.

Kuznetsova went up a break in the first game of the second set. Barty won just three points on return in the second set. Kuznetsova closed out the second set with three winners in the 10th game.

“I am really happy. I am not really an analyzing person, but on my intuition, I am doing so much better, not repeating so many of my mistakes, just playing smarter and wiser now. It’s been so many different things when I was off, so I just enjoyed time off. Honestly, I was not missing at all the travelling and all the stress when you play tournaments, but now I have missed it and I feel good. I feel joy staying here and being here. It definitely helped me to have some time off to see other things outside tennis”, said Kuznetsova.

 

Kuznetsova set up a final against Madison Keys, who beat Sofia Kenin in straight sets. The Russian 34-year-old veteran player has qualified for her first final since last year, when she beat Donna Vekic in Washington.

 

“Madison is extremely tough. When she is on fire, it is really hard to play against her. It’s going to be a difficult match-up”, said Kuznetsova.  

Continue Reading

ATP

David Goffin reaches his first Masters 1000 in Cincinnati

Published

on

David Goffin beat Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4 on an overcast afternoon to reach the first Masters 1000 final of his career and his 13th title match at ATP Tour level at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Goffin has dropped just one set en route to the final.

 

Goffin is returning to his best form this summer under the guidance of former Swedish player Thomas Johansson. He reached the final in Halle and his first quarter final at Wimbledon. He received a walkover after Yoshihito Nishioka was forced to withdraw from the match due to food poisoning.

The Belgian player started the match with two consecutive holds before breaking at love to open up a 4-1 lead with a backhand winner down the line.

Goffin held his next service games to seal the opening set 6-3. Gasquet earned an early break to open  2-0 lead, but Goffin won five of the next six games with two breaks. The 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up served out the win at love in the 10th game after 1 hour and 16 minutes, as Gasquet sent his backhand long.

Goffin reached the semifinal in Cincinnati last year, but he was forced to retire due to an arm injury.

“I am very happy. It’s a tournament I like and I have played the best tennis in the past few years. I am really happy to reach my first Masters 1000 final here. It’s a great moment for me.”

 

 

Continue Reading

ATP

Richard Gasquet reaches his first Masters 1000 semifinal since Miami 2013

Published

on

Frenchman Richard Gasquet edged past this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 12 minutes to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal since the 2013 Miami Open.

 

 Gasquet missed six months of action after undergoing groin surgery last January.

The French player set up a semfinal against David Goffin, who reached the semifinal after his Japanese opponent Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew from the match due to illness.

The first set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Bautista Agut hit a backhand wide at 1-2. Gasquet sealed the tie-break when Bautista Agut hit a forehand long.

Bautista Agut earned two breaks of serve in the second set and sealed it, when Gasquet made his third double fault on set point.

Gasquet broke serve with a volley in the third game of the decisive set. The French player went up a double break to race out to 4-1 lead. He saved two break points to hold his serve at deuce before serving out the third set on his first match point.

“I know how tough it was to come back. I know the moments I had at the start of the year, so I just wanted to enjoy, to fight. It is not easy to come back after six months out, but I am here. I am in semis tomorrow”,said Gasquet.

 

 

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending