Kyrgios Arrives in Marseille; Errani Wins Dubai Debacle
by Staff | February 21st, 2016, 2:56 pm
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Aussie Nick Kyrgios and Austrian Dominic Thiem have separated themselves from the pack only two months into the new ATP year in regard to newbies who could be the next players lifting Grand Slam trophies. And if you’re not a fan of the bad boy Kyrgios, you’d better buckle up for the next few years.


Kyrgios captured his first career title on Sunday at Marseille when the Aussie upset No. 4 seed Marin Cilic 6-2, 7-6(3) for the Open 13 championship.

The 20-year-old during the week ousted Top 10 opponents Richard Gasquet and Tomas Berdych in addition to the former Slam winner Cilic — all without dropping a set.

“I played my first final last year and was looking for my first title, but I didn’t really expect to win this title this week after having a couple of weeks off,” said Kyrgios, who lost to Gasquet in the Estoril final last year in his first championship-round appearance. “But from the first round I started playing really well and just gained confidence as I kept winning matches.”

Kyrgios broke early in the first set, and in the second set fought off a Cilic set point with the Croat serving at 5-4.

“I think I served really, really well again,” Kyrgios said. “I was serving really well all week. I didn’t get broken once. That was the main thing that was good. And I was able to put pressure on my opponents’ serves a lot when I was going through my service games really quickly.”

It was only the second tournament of 2016 for Kyrgios who has been battling an elbow injury. Cilic fell to 14-10 in career finals.

Errani Emerges From Dubai Debris for 1st 2016 Title

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships started out in disastrous fashion for its organizers after every seeded player lost their opening-round match, but ended with a familiar face as former Top 10 fixture Sara Errani of Italy captured the title with an easy 6-0, 6-2 victory over the big-stage struck Czech Barbora Strycova on Saturday.

“I’m sorry for Barbora — she’s an amazing player, but I’m really happy to win this tournament,” Errani said on court afterwards. “It’s been a tough week for me, and I’m really happy for me, my team and my family and friends.”

It was the ninth career title for Errani, who improved to 9-10 in career finals.

Strycova sprayed 43 unforced errors, or about three per game, to 15 winners. Her biggest win during the week was upending former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic.

“For sure, well done to Sara,” Strycova said. “I’m sorry for keeping it so short. I tried everything, but nothing was working.”

The Czech was seeking her first title since 2011, and fell to 1-5 in career finals.

 


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16 Comments for Kyrgios Arrives in Marseille; Errani Wins Dubai Debacle

Van Persie Says:

Staff, please post another picture from Errani. This one reminds me on Blair witch project…


AndyMira Says:

One of the most precious assets in nick kyrgious is his huge serve..i still can’t forget how he dismantled rafa from wimby a couple of years ago..if he determine enough and can keep it his temper and attitude at bay..boy..what a challenge can he give to top players even to supernovak..


danica Says:

AndyMira, quite agree with you. I am certainly not looking forward to see Nick across the net from Nole. I just finished watching the match against Cilic, and boy, it was awesome play. Very dangerous young man. Certainly, Nick and young Zverev are my picks for the greats of tomorrow.


AndyMira Says:

@Danica..sorry i have to hurt your feelings now..i gotta say that i’m actually looking forward to see nick vs nole,boy..that must be an explosive encounter..nole with his superhuman ability and nick with his stupid youthness[and i refer to the fearless attitude of youth]coupled with his explosive serve and talent..my GOD..what an encounter that will be..although i bet nole will still come out on top from that..but still..can’t wait for their meeting..


Wog Boy Says:

If Nole and Kyrgios can keep it up, they might even meet in Dubai final this week.
The court suits Kyrgios, can he back it up? Consistency is the magic word for these young guns, something that Roger, Rafa, Andy and Nole had from their early days on pro tour, something young guns don’t show, not yet.


Van Persie Says:

I would like to see a match Nole-Kyrgios. I am sure, that Nole would win, in straight sets


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

Not sure about that, but sure that would be most entertaining match to watch, no doubt about that.


Van Persie Says:

WB, Well I guess Kyrgios has the impression now, he’s a “tennis god”. Would be nice, if Nole would bring him back to reality. Nole is no Berdych, or Cilic ;)


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

Actually I don’t think Nick is that kind of bloke, one that thinks he is “tennis God” just because he won 250 tournament in really nice fashion. That description would suit Tomic personality but not Nick’s, imo. As much as it might look strange, I think Nick is mummy’s boy, and I think he is maturing quickly and nicely, and learning on the run, what I can’t say for Tomic.


danica Says:

AndyMira,
No, on the contrary, you are not hurting my feelings ;). In fact, I would love to see their match to be honest, because, as a tennis fan, I believe it would be a great one. But I said what I said because I am rather in awe and scared that Nole might lose. Of course, it is inevitable that he will sooner or later. Nick is really showing no mercy. He is definitely a threat to anyone.


Van Persie Says:

WB,
Did not mean to be disrespectful to Kyrgios. He had a great week, he won his first tournament. It would be absolutely normal, if he would feel he is on top of world at the moment. He needs this week in order to digest his success ;)
I am sure, he will not be very dangerous this week, but he should have a great year!
I also know, he is much better then Tomic.


AndyMira Says:

@Danica..win or lose is part of the game..we don’t have to scared about that..sometimes we need to lose to recognize the weakness in ourselves..so we can fix it and to be a better player..but don’t worry,nole is in cloud nine atm..unless he got injured or something,i’m sure he’s determined to stay there a little longer..


AndyMira Says:

@VP..thank GOD..he’s not tanking it either..


danica Says:

AM,
Oh, I know it’s a part of the game but still ;). In any case, the winner would be deserving, whoever it may be ;). I just hope it’s Nole at least this year :).


AndyMira Says:

Danica..believe me i know how you feel..don’t worry about it..if it meant to be nole’s,then he will win it..if not try again next time..a player as calibre as nole will try everything in his power to win it..somehow i’m not worried about him..none whatsoever..so should you..

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