Lukas Rosol won his first career ATP title today in Bucharest overpowering Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 63, 62. Best known as the guy who stunned Rafael Nadal last year at Wimbledon, Rosol’s win will now move him up from No. 48 to 35 in Monday’s ranking according to the ATP.
The Czech ranked No. 79 a year ago but after a nice stretch the last month winning 10 of 11 matches, the 27-year-old is very close to a seeded position at the French Open! And with still a month before Roland Garros Rosol says clay is his favorite surface.
“My best surface is clay because I grew up on it,” Rosol told the ATP today. “This is where I started to play tennis. I feel very comfortable on this surface. I hope I can improve on the other surfaces this year.”
He may be undefeated at 7-0 on the clay this year, but he’s famous for his big result on grass against Rafa.
“More people recognize me, but it didn’t change me,” Rosol said of the attention he received following the Nadal win. “Other players saw I can play good tennis, so they are more careful with me. People have asked for pictures and autographs. I cannot live on this result. I need to win more matches like this and have successes at other tournaments.”
Rosol’s win today was also a very emotional one after losing his father just 10 days ago.
“I wanted to dedicate this trophy to someone, so I found the energy,” he said. “I felt somebody was helping me from up top. It’s not just about me. My family has always supported me and my tennis. I felt match after match, my dream was coming true.”
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