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Martin Klizan rallies from a set down to clinch his first ATP 500 title in Rotterdam




Martin Klizan rallied from a set down to edge past Gael Monfils 6-7 (1-7) 6-3 6-1 clinching his first ATP 500 title at the 43rd edition of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Klizan improves his win-loss record in finals to 4-0.


The first set went on serve without breaks and came down to the tie-break after Monfils had to save six break points, while Klizan fended off three break points. Klizan played a tie-break for the fifth time this week (her win-loss record in the five breakers is 2-2). Monfils dominated the tie-break with 7-1 to take a one-set lead.

In the third game of the second set Klizan saved two break points at 1-1. The second set also went on serve with no breaks in the first seven games. As Klizan was leading 4-3, Monfils made a double fault on the break point allowing the Slovakian player to get the first break of serve in the 8th game. At 5-3 Klizan served out to seal the second set forcing the match to the decider.

Monfils faced three break points in the first game of the third set. The Slovakian got his second consecutive break to go up 1-0. Klizan won his first service game of the decider to love.

Klizan was on fire and converted his first double break point opportunity in the third game to race out to 3-0. Klizan carried the momentum and held his service game easily to cruise to 4-0 before earning three more break points.

Monfils attempted to avoid the bagel and earned two break points at 15-40 in the sixth game. Monfils took the only break of serve of the final to get a game on the scoreboard for 1-5 stopping a losing streak of eight consecutive games from 3-3 in the second set but in the next game Klizan broke again with a forehand winner

Monfils fired 12 aces to Klizan’s 7 but made three double faults. Klizan converted five of his seven break points, while Monfils broke only once in his seven break point chances.

It was a well-deserved win for Klizan who had to save five match points in the quarter finals and three more match points in the semifinal before coming back from a set down in the final. He lived up to his reputation as the King of Comebacks after a magic week in which he won three matches in the third set.

Klizan lifted his fourth title after St. Petersburg in 2012, Munich in 2014 and Casablanca in 2015.

Monfils has not won a title since Montpellier 2014 when he beat Richard Gasquet  He has a win-loss record of 5-18 in his 23 finals at ATP level.

“I will never forget this moment. I thank Gael. He is a good friend. I wish him all the best. This is the best result in my career. I am  very proud of it. In my country I am a motivation for the young players”, said Klizan

Nicolas Mahut and Vasek Pospisil clinch their first doubles title together:

Nicolas Mahut and Vasek Pospisil clinched their first ATP doubles titles as a team after beating Phillip Petzschner and Alexander Peya 7-6 (7-2) 6-4. Petzschner and Peya reached the final after scoring an upset win over top seeds and defending champions Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau.

Mahut and Pospisil converted their fifth break point chance in the 9th game of the second set before serving out for the match. In the semifinal Mahut and Pospisil fended off one match point against Henri Kontinen and John Peers.

The French and Canadian team played for the second time together after being knocked out in Rotterdam last year.

Mahut lifted his 11th doubles title and his second win in Rotterdam where he triumphed together with Michael Llodra in 2014. Last year Mahut teamed up with Pierre Hugues Herbert to win the US Open doubles title.

“It’s my second ATP 500 title and my second time here, so I think it’s a great tournament for me. I am really proud of the week and I am really happy to share it with Vasek. He is a really good guy. We were a little bit disappointed last year to lose in the first round. This year we tried again and we are really happy to hold the trophy”, said Mahut



Vasek Pospisil survives scare at Citi Open

The Canadian battled back from a set down in what was a tricky opening encounter.




Vasek Pospisil was pushed to limits by qualifier Emilio Gomez in his opening match at the Citi Open.

The Canadian required three sets to beat the Ecuadorian qualifier 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 after two hours and 11 minutes of play. He hit a total of 10 aces en route to the second round.


” It’s always good to get through a tough one and I felt dialed in during the second set,” said Pospisil. “I was a little bit distracted during the first set but I am glad to get match play and getting the win is important so I am happy I got it done”.

The first three games of the opener went on serve and at 2-1 the Canadian had three chances to take an early break but the world number 165 saved all three and held serve. At 3-3, Pospisil played a poor service game and Gomez took full advantage by breaking him at love. That one break of serve was enough for him to serve out the first set.

The Canadian was determined to stay alive in the second and broke the Ecuadorian early to take a 2-0 lead and managed to turn it into a double break for a commanding 4-0 lead. Gomez got one of the breaks back but it wasn’t enough as the world number 61 would serve out the second set to force a decider.

The third set started with three breaks of serve but it was the Canadian that was finally able to hold serve and consolidate a break. That break was enough for him to serve out the match and complete the comeback.

Pospisil will next face the young American Sebastien Korda in the third round who is the 12th seed this week in the American capital.

” It’s going to be a tough one because he is playing some great tennis this year and he is an up and comer and a great player,” he said of Korda. “I will have to play really well to win that one because he is a dangerous player so I will have to serve well and return well”.

Other results

It was a busy day one at the Citi Open being held at Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC with some thrilling matches. Kei Nishikori beat Sam Querrey in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 and Marcus Giron pulled a three-set comeback against Ilya Marchenko 4-6, 6-4, 7-6.

In the battle of the Belorussians, Ilya Ivashka beat Egor Gerasimov in straight sets 7-5, 6-4. Meanwhile, Jenson Brooksby avenged a loss to the South African Kevin Anderson by beating him in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.

Andreas Seppi needed three sets to dispatch Yasutka Uchiyama of Japan 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, Ricardas Berankis beat the American qualifier Mitchell Kreuger in straight sets 7-6, 6-2, and Daniel Elahi Galan beat another American Tommy Paul in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

Finally, in the last match of the day an American favourite, Jack Sock advanced to round two after his Japanese opponent Yoshito Nishioka was forced to retire due to injury during their match.

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John Isner Wins 16th ATP Title In Atlanta

The 6ft 10 American got revenge on his American opponent for the loss he suffered last week in Los Cabos.




John Isner has continued his love affair with the Atlanta Open by ousting Brandon Nakashima to win the tournament for a record sixth time.


The sixth seed beat the American teenager 7-6, 7-5 in one hour and 57 minutes. Firing a total of 21 aces and winning 81% of his first-serve points en route to the victory.

“I think if you count the last two weeks playing singles and doubles I played 12 matches in about 10 or 11 days so I have played a lot which is exactly what I need,” Isner said following his win. “Hopefully I can take this and go forward and build some momentum for tournaments ahead.’
This tournament has meant everything to my career it’s amazing”. He added.

The first set was extremely tight and neither player gave an inch in their respective service games. The opener was decided by a tiebreaker which Isner is accustomed to. Whilst the first set was tight, the tiebreaker was an even tighter affair Isner squeezing out a 10-8 win to take the first set 7-6.

Again the second set was competitive and again neither player got an edge on their return game. It was only at 5-4 that the Dallas, Texas native found himself at triple match point but the world number 115 saved all three.

Nakashima would save a fourth before holding serve and at 6-5, the world number 35 earned a fifth match point. That’s where he closed out the match and sealed the win and the title.

After the match, Isner was asked about his history of playing numerous tiebreakers throughout his career.

” I play a lot of those and it’s a situation I am comfortable in since I have been on tour forever,” he explained. “Honestly I think today (Sunday) I was just a little bit luckier and that’s what It really came down to. It’s amazing to be out here again playing on a Sunday and it was awesome”.

Isner confirmed that he will not be making the trip to Washington, DC for the Citi Open and instead he will take a week off after playing back-to-back tournaments in Los Cabos and Atlanta. He is next scheduled to be in Toronto for the National Bank Open.

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Casper Ruud Set For Career-High Ranking After Clay Court Hat-Trick

The young Norweigan player is closing in on his top-10 debut following his surge in success on the Tour.





As some of his peers battle it out in Tokyo at the Olympic Games, Norway’s Casper Ruud has become a dominant force on the European clay.


The 22-year-old battled his way to a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over Pedro Martinez in the final of Kitzbuhel on Saturday to claim his 12th win in a row on the Tour. It is the third consecutive week where Ruud has won a title after also triumphing at the Nordea Open and Swiss Open Gstaad. The surge in success has made him the first man to have won three ATP titles within as many weeks since Andy Murray did so back in 2011.

“I am shaking all over my body. It feels amazing,” Ruud told “I was very nervous at the end, I knew what I was playing for. Three in a row is something special. What a day to play the final, rain on and off all day.
“I’m just very excited and happy that these three weeks are over, and that I won all of them.”

All three tournaments Ruud has won are ATP 250 events but only once did he play a top 50 player. That was Benoit Paire whom he defeated 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, in the quarter-finals at Gstaad. In Kitzbuhel, he defeated Mario Vilella Martínez (No.167), Mikael Ymer (No.99), Arthur Rinderknech (No.91), and Martinez (No.97).

During his clash with Martinez, the match was interrupted by the rain and it didn’t end until 11:30 PM local time.

“It was tough… we know that the weather was a bit shaky so I was prepared [for the delay],” Ruud said. “It was a bit long there in the end. We came back, only played three games, and then we had to stop again. It was a bit annoying, but we had to keep the focus and try your best. It’s the same for the opponent.”

Ruud has now won four ATP titles this season after also triumphing at the Geneva Open back in May. Since the start of the 2020 season, he has won 45 matches on the clay and has defeated three top 10 players – Stefanos Tsitsipas, Diego Schwartzman and Matteo Berrettini.

The Norweigan is now set to rise to a career-ranking high of 12th when the standings are updated on Monday. He will also go up to eighth place in the ATP Race to Turin.

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