OPEN 13 2013
TSONGA DENIES BERDYCH
MARSEILLE, France — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saved a match point before overcoming top-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 Sunday in the final of the Open 13.
The third-seeded Frenchman won his first title of the season and 10th of his career.
“That means much more than a 10th title,” said Tsonga, who also won the tournament in 2009. “I could feel it coming. I’ve worked hard. It rewards my efforts at the beginning of the season. That’s great. I play better than last year.”
Tsonga hired Roger Rasheed of Australia as coach last October in an effort to improve his game.
“This one was very close, I had very big chances,” said Berdych, who led the Czech Republic to the Davis Cup title last year. “I was unlucky, I wasn’t able to make them. It just happens sometimes.”
COPA CLARO 2013
BUENOS AIRES TROPHY;
WINS 20TH TITLE
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — David Ferrer won his second tournament of the season by defeating Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on Sunday to successfully defend his Copa Claro title in the Argentine capital.
The top-seeded Ferrer broke his opponent six times — including three in the final set — to clinch the 20th title of his career. He won the Heineken Open last month in Auckland, New Zealand.
“Winning 20 ATP tournaments is tough to do,” Ferrer said. “Never in my life did I think I would win 20. It is something that, well, dreams come true more than we think.”
Wawrinka was aiming for his fourth ATP title, but could not match the consistency of Ferrer on the outdoor clay court. The Swiss’ last tournament victory was in 2011 at Chennai, India.
Backed by strong support from the Argentine crowd, the Ferrer promised to return.
“I will be back next year,” he said. “I’ll keep coming back here until my legs can hold up anymore.”
In the doubles final, the Italian pair of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini defeated American Nicholas Monroe and Simon Stadler of Germany 6-3, 6-2.
U.S. NATIONAL INDOOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
NISHIKORI DISMISSES LOPEZ
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Kei Nishikori played so well that Feliciano Lopez felt as if the 23-year-old Japanese player knew exactly what he wanted to do and where he was hitting to.
Nishikori used his speed Sunday in winning his third career title and second since October, beating Lopez of Spain 6-2, 6-3 in the U.S. National Indoor Championships at The Racquet Club.
“I knew he was a great player obviously, but he played in a way that I could not play my game I think,” Lopez said. “He was very, very fast so I didn’t find the way to be aggressive and to attack basically, which is the way I have to play, and I couldn’t do it at all because he was always there. He knew where I was going to be, and he was there waiting sometimes.”
Nishikori needed only 67 minutes to improve to 3-2 in finals. He won his first career title in Delray Beach in 2008, but now he quickly followed up becoming the first Japanese winner at the Tokyo Open in October by starting 11-2 this year with another title.
“It is such a big step for me to win these tournaments, and yeah 500 (points), that’s big for me now,” Nishikori said about the ranking points this win brings. “Try to be top 10, that’s my goal this year. It is important to win big points like this, and I think it’s a good start … I have a lot of things to do of course but yeah, it’s a good start.”
Bob and Mike Bryan, the top seeds, won their 85th career doubles title earlier Sunday, beating James Blake and Jack Sock 6-1, 6-2.
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