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lefties and lanks rule the roost

February 8, 2010

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

February 9, 2009

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)

tattoo watch: juan monaco’s left foot

February 3, 2008

Fernando Gonzalez won the Movistar Open title in Vina del Mar, Chile, after fellow finalist Juan Monaco withdrew from the tournament with an ankle injury.


Monaco sustained the second-degree sprain in the second set of the doubles final. He hit his foot against a referee chair while running down a ball. The subsequent on-court treatment finally revealed the tattoo we’d been looking for.

A gracious winner: This bittersweet victory for Gonzalez is the first ATP singles final walkover since 2003. “I’m happy to have won this tournament once again but a little sad for Juan, who wasn’t able to play the final,” Gonzalez told reporters at his post-match conference. “He is a great player and even better person. It’s tough for him not to be able to play (Sunday’s) final and probably miss the Davis Cup next week. We are good friends and I hope he recovers fast from this injury.”

Career hiccup: And of course Monaco was devastated: “It’s very unfortunate that this happened to me in such a good moment of my career. I’m sad that I won’t be able to play the final here in Vina del Mar and the Davis Cup tie against Great Britain next week. I’m hoping to make a comeback at Buenos Aires.”

The Copa Telmex, to be held in Buenos Aires starting on February 18, is the first of three titles that Monaco will be defending in 2008. His 28 clay victories last year was second only to the 31 of Rafael Nadal.

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