Federer Collects Turk Check
Former world No. 1 Roger Federer won the inaugural Istanbul Open title on Sunday, defeating Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 7-6(11) in Turkey.
It was the 85th career title for the Swiss, who said “I’m very proud to be the first champion here at the first-time tournament here in Istanbul.” He improved to 85-43 in ATP finals, his third title of the year.
Cuevas fell to 3-1 in career finals. “It’s difficult to face Roger, not only because of his game but also to stay focused on the game and not get distracted,” Cuevas said. “It was a very good experience for me, and I think it will help me in the future.”
Gasquet Tames Kyrgios for Estoril Crown
Richard Gasquet defeated Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday to claim the inaugural Millennium Estoril Open in Portugal.
“I am really happy with the victory,” said Gasquet upon winning his 12th career title. “Yesterday it went three sets and today I was more confident and started better. To feel no pain it’s a good thing for me.” Kyrgios fell to 0-1 in finals.
“Playing in my first final, there was definitely a bit of pressure out there,” said Kyrgios. “I thought I had fun out there today as well. I lost, but that’s why he’s a world-class player. He was way too good for me and I need to get better.”
Murray on Munich Rain Delay
Andy Murray trailed Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-2 in the first set of the singles final of the BMW Open in Munich when rain forced the cancellation of play Sunday.
The singles and doubles finals were cancelled after torrential rain.
Play will resume at 11 a.m. local time on Monday.
Pliskova Wins All-Czech Prague Championship
Karolina Pliskova came from a set down to defeat qualifier Lucie Hradecka in the all-Czech final of the J&T Banka Prague Open 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday.
“It was very tough to play a Czech girl in the final in front of a Czech crowd,” said Pliskova, who withstood 17 aces from Hradecka. “Lucie and I are good friends, we practice a lot together at tournaments, and we played Fed Cup together twice, so we know each other pretty well.”
Hradecka dropped to 0-7 in WTA finals.
Svitolina Slides Through to Morocco Title
Elina Svitolina beat Timea Babos 7-5, 7-6(3) to take the title at the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Marrakech, Morocco.
Svitolina improved to 3-0 in WTA finals.
The 25th-ranked Ukrainian won her previous titles in Baku in 2013 and 2014.
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