Heading into the US Open next week, Australia and New Zealand were the venues for this week ATP Tour events. In Auckland Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain took his second title in three years at the venue defeating Juan Martin Del Potro. Agut raced through the first set 6-1 but Del Potro hit back to take it to a decider. The key break came at 5-5 giving Agut the advantage and chance to serve for the match. He had to save a break point but held his nerve to save it and then serve it out to claim the title.
In Sydney it was the battle of the youngsters as 18 year old home favourite Alex de Minaur in his first ATP Title, took on the rising star from Russia, 21 year old Daniil Medvedev. The Australian got off to a stunning start taking the first set 6-1 but the experience of Medvedev slowly took over. The Russian broke in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and served out to level. Medvedev then took a double break to lead 4-0 in the decider. The Aussie showed great resilience to fight back, recover both breaks and get the score back to 5-5. de Minaur could not sustain it though, at this point Medvedev broke once more and this time he served it out to take the title after two hours of top class tennis.
MOON OF LIBERTY ATP TOUR TENNIS RESULTS
Auckland Open Final
AT THE ASB TENNIS CENTRE, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) Beat Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina)
The ATP tour kicked off with a double for France in two different parts of the World. In Qatar Gael Monfis comfortably beat Russian Andrey Rublev in straight sets in just under an hour. The win was Monfis 7th Tour title. The other French victory came in India where Gilles Simon had a superb week, knocking out top seed Marin Cilic and then defeating big serving Kevin Anderson in the final to claim his first ever ATP title.
There was home success for Nick Kyrgios in the Brisbane International. He fought off five break point chances from his America opponent Ryan Harrison showing great resilience in his game. In the end he won 6-4 6-2 to claim his fourth ATP title. He is bang in form to have a great shot at his home Grand Slam later in the month.
MOON OF LIBERTY ATP TOUR TENNIS RESULTS
QATAR OPEN FINAL
AT THE KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL TENNIS & SQUASH COMPLEX, DOHA, QATAR
Dubai Tennis Championship Final – Murray v Verdasco
Murray returns to form in Dubai
After a slow start in which he dropped his first two service games Andy Murray recovered to defeat Fernando Verdasco. He broke bac on both occasions and then a third time to eventually take the first set 6-3. He then took total control breaking twice more and finding his service rhythm to easily take the second set 6-2. It is Murrays’s first tournament win of 2017 and the 45th ATP title of his career, expect more to come.
America’s Sam Querry scored a surprise victory defeating Rafael Nadal. Querry got off to a quick start and took the first set in just 29 minutes. Nadal repsonded in the second and had five break point chances in the eighth game. However Querry held him off to level at 4-4 with the set eventually going all the way to a tie break. Nadal made key baseline errors allowing Querry to take it 7-3 and claim his first title of 2017 having served 19 aces in a very impressive display.
Austrian Dominic Thiem has won again on South American soil. Having won in Argentina and Mexico in 2016, he claimed the Rio Open beating Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets. The Spaniard took a 3-2 lead in the first set but Thiem, ranked 8th in the World, fought back to break twice taking the first set 7-5. He broke twice again in the second set and serving eight aces in the match to take it 6-4 and win his eighth ATP title.
Jo Wilfried Tsonga won his second straight ATP title adding the Open 13 in Marseille to his Rotterdam Open title last week. He defeated fellow Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-4 braking once in each set. The match lasted 69 minutes. It is the 14th title of Tsonga’s career and his third win in Marseille. He will hope to continue this fine form heading towards the French Open.
Delray Beach Open Final in Florida – Sock v Raonic
Second Title for Sock
Jack Sock has his second ATP title this year after winning his final by default. Top seeded Canadian Milos Raonic had to with draw due to a hamstring injury. As a result Sock is the Champion in Delray Beach, adding to his victory in Auckland in January continuing a fine start to the season for the American.
Zvarev upsets the home crowd to end Gasquet’s Montpellier reign
Germany’s Alexander Zvarev upset Richard Gasquet and the crowd hoping to see the Frenchman win in Montpellier for the third straight year. Both men got one break each in the first set but the German held his nerve to take the lead in the tie break. Zvarev then broke again in the eight game of the second set to take a 5-3 lead. Zvarev then served out the final game to take his second ATP title after winning in ST Petersburg in September.
Grigor Dimitrov has continued his excellent start to the season with victory on home soil in Sofia in his native Bulgaria. He broke opponent David Goffin in second game to take an early 3-0 lead. Goffin fought back to break but at 5-6 Goffin made a series of errors on his service game allowing Dimitrov to take the first set with his first set point. The second set followed a similar pattern as Dimitrov raced into a 5-1 lead and had 0-40, Goffin saved all three match points then broke back in the next game. However at 5-4 he could not break again as Dimitrov finished the contest at the second attempt. Dimitrov has two titles this year and a grand slam semi final to his name in what is looking a potentially big year.
Victor Estrella Burgos from the Dominican Republic won his third straight title in Ecuador winning a tight contest against Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi. Lorenzi took the first set on a tie break but Burgos hit back to break at the key moment to take the second set 7-5. There were no breaks in the final set went all the way to a tie break which itself went all the way. At 6-6 Burgos got the key mini break and took his match point to continue an extraordinary run of 15 straight wins on the clay courts of Quito. Burgos returns to the top 100 in the World rankings as a result
The world’s top two players showed why in a three set classic with excellent tennis to kick off the ATP 2017 tour in Doha. Novak Djokovic took the first set after breaking in the 8th game and led by an early break in the second set. However Andy Murray reached number 1 in the world for a reason and fought back to take the second set 7-5 to force a decider. at 4-4 The Serb seized his chance to gain the decisive break. Murray fought back again to threaten at 0-30 in the next service game but Djokovic weathered the test to claim the game and his first title of the season and end Murray’s 28 match unbeaten run.
Experience beats youth as Bautista Agut claims fifth ATP title
Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut won a comfortable straight sets victory over Daniil Medvedev of Russia to claim the Chennai Open title. Bautista Agut won a break in each set against the youngster who was chasing his first title. There were plenty of long rallies but Medvedev made too many mistakes and the experience of Butista Agut told. The win is the Spaniard’s fifth ATP title.
Grigor Dimitrov ended his title drought with a three set victory over fifth world ranked Kai Nishikori of Japan. Dimitrov scored two breaks to easily take the first set but Nishikori hit back with a run of four straight games in the second to level. Dimitrov kept his composure to break in the final set and serve it out to take the third 6-3. It is Nishikori’s fifth final defeat in Brisbane but a sign we may begin to see the full potential of Dimitrov going forward.
It was an all Spanish affair in North Carolina as Pablo Carreno Busta won his first ever ATP tour title against compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut. There was a break of serve each in the first set which Agut took on a tie break. Serving took control in the second as it got to 6-6 with a single loss of serve. Busta who has lost two finals this year already showed resolve to win the tie break 7-1 to take the match to a deciding set. Busta’s only break point came at 4-4 and he took his one and only chance to get the break. He then proceeded to serve the match out After final losses in Brazil and Portugal Busta finally has his title. His opponent Agut has two titles this year and this was his first loss in an ATP Final.