Weekend Wrap: Gulbis Wins Marseille, Says Be Afraid
by Staff | February 24th, 2014, 12:25 am

Gulbis Wins Marseille, Says Top Pros Should Be Afraid

The outspoken Ernests Gulbis captured the title on Sunday at the Open 13 in Marseille, upsetting No. 2 seed and defending champ Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(5), 6-4, then had a message for the top players on tour.
“I think [the top players] feel threatened by my game, because they know if I serve well and I’m aggressive, then it’s tough to play against me,” the Latvian said. “I don’t feel I’m in the same league as the [Top 4] yet, I need to prove it. Game-wise, I think that I can be.”

The No. 3-seeded Gulbis upset top seed Richard Gasquet in the semifinals, and is now on the verge of cracking the Top 20 for the first time. Gulbis improved to 5-0 in career finals, and Tsonga dropped to 10-9.

Nadal Wins 62nd Title at ATP Rio

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6(3) on Sunday in the final of the inaugural Rio Open on clay for his 62nd career title.

“The first edition of a big tournament like Rio, it’s a very important city in the world, and after coming back from injury, it always makes the victory a little more special,” Nadal said.

Nadal saved two match points to overcome countryman Pablo Andujar in the semifinals, and in the final improved to 5-0 career against Dolgopolov. The Spaniard is now 16-1 in 2014, with his only loss coming in the Australian Open final against Stan Wawrinka. Dolgopolov dropped to 2-4 in career finals.

Red-Hot Cilic Wins Big-man Battle of Delray Beach

Marin Cilic, appearing in his third consecutive final, defeating former champion Kevin Anderson 7-6(6), 6-7(7), 6-4 for the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian Las Vegas title.

“It feels awesome, especially after waiting for a long time last night and finishing after 1 a.m.,” said Cilic, who so far this year won Zagreb and was runner-up to Tomas Berdych at Rotterdam. “Then, today to come back and win it, I’m really happy with this victory.”

In the semifinals Cilic tamed fellow big man John Isner, and Anderson downed American qualifier Steve Johnson. Cilic improved to 11-9 in career finals, while Anderson dropped to 2-5.

Nara Zaps Kakopalova for 1st Career Title at Rio

Japanese No. 5 seed Kurumi Nara won her first title of the year on Sunday, defeating top-seeded Klara Zakopalova 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 for the inaugural Rio Open crown.

Up a break three times in the second set before dropping the set, Nara nonetheless regrouped to roll through the third set 6-1. “In the second set I was probably thinking too much about winning the title, so after I lost the set I had a good break and tried to come back and play well again in the third set,” she said.

With the win the Japanese will crack the Top 50 for the first time. Zakopalova falls to 2-12 in career finals.


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4 Comments for Weekend Wrap: Gulbis Wins Marseille, Says Be Afraid

Steve27 Says:

Richie, is another comedian of the ATP

gonzalowski Says:

Congratulations Rafa!
This is a video of his Rio performance ;)


Colin Says:

Come on, where’s the thread about Acapulco?
Now they’ve switched to hard court it’s a valuable chance for Murray to tune his game – which needs it! – before the clay season is on him.

I was wondering if Lendl would make the trip to Mexico, and I thought, maybe he wouldn’t tear himself away from his golf, but THEN I read on Wiki that Acapulco has a celebrated course, so can he resist that? Right now Andy needs his input to rebuild some confidence,

Concerning Gulbis, perhaps his attitude is preferable to false modesty. At least he backs up the boasts more often than Mr. Tomic does.

steve-o Says:

As usual, Cilic blowing six championship points before finally grinding it out the hard way. Could have served it out in the second set, didn’t. Could have won that second-set tiebreak, didn’t.

Seems he still hasn’t learned the ability to raise his game in the decisive moments to save energy.

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