Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina came from a set down to defeat American Sam Querrey 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday to win the title at the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston, appearing in his first final in three years.
The 30-year-old veteran won his fifth career ATP final.
“Right now I feel wonderful. No words,” Chela said. “I’ve always said that as long as I’m enjoying the competition and I’m getting this adrenaline from the matches, I’m going to keep playing as long as I’m happy and especially after this win.”
Querrey was up a break in the third but then gave up almost double-digit break points in the third set.
“Every one of his service games in the second set was deuce, break point, ad-in, and I was just babying the ball around too often,” Querrey said. “I need to step up and take chances. You can work that in practice all you want, but it’s not the same. You’ve got to tell yourself I’m going to do it in a match. I’m just scared to do it. You can’t be scared to go out there and do that. If I play like this, I’m going to win the occasional [ATP World Tour] 250 and final and win some rounds at a Masters , but I’m not going to get to that next level where I want to be playing like that. I need to step up and take more chances.”
Swiss Stan Wawrinka won the second title of his career Sunday, beating Victor Hanescu 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco.
Wawrinka improved to 2-6 in career finals.
“I’m very happy with my win today,” Wawrinka said. “I’ve lost five finals in a row and now finally I have the trophy in my hands. I felt great during the whole match and never allowed Victor to get into the game. I think this was my best match of the week.”
Hanescu fell to 1-4 in career ATP finals.
“Today Stan was just too good for me,” Hanescu said. “It is still a week of good tennis and it was great to play in front of full crowds here in Casablanca in this great atmosphere.”
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