Zverev Sweeps Singles, Doubles at ATP Montpellier
German teen Alexander Zverev won his second career singles title on Sunday, in the final of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier upsetting homecountry favorite Richard Gasquet 7-6(4), 6-3.
In the doubles he partnered with his older brother Mischa, in the final upsetting No. 2 seeds Fabrice Martin and Daniel Nestor.
“It’s great to win singles and doubles,” the younger Zverev said. “I’m very happy the way we played. We only dropped one set in the tournament. I think it was a very successful tournament for the Zverevs.”
It was the first ATP doubles title for the younger Zverev, who was the first player to win singles and doubles at the same tournament since Lleyton Hewitt at Newport in 2014, and part of the first brothers pair to win a title since Andy and Jaime Murray in Tokyo in 2011.
The 19-year-old won his first singles title last year at St. Petersburg, Russia. The 30-year-old Gasquet was the two-time defending champ in Montpellier looking for a fourth overall title, but ended up falling to 14-14 in career finals.
Dimitrov Raises Trophy on Home Soil at Garanti Koza Sofia Open
Grigor Dimitrov won his first title on home soil in Bulargia on Sunday, defeating David Goffin 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the Garanti Koza Sofia Open amidst a career resurgence.
“This is my most prestigious title for sure, winning it at home is a tremendous success for me,” said the 25-year-old who is closing on a Top 10 ranking. “I will treasure this title for the rest of my life, it’s something amazing for me.”
It was his second 2017 title following Brisbane.
In both sets Dimitrov jumped out to a 3-0 lead before fighting off the Belgian to close it out. In the second set he lead 5-0 before double fault yips helped bring the match to 5-4, but on the fourth match point Dimitrov crossed the finish line.
“David is an extremely good player, I just had to focus and just be there in each point and each game,” Dimitrov said. “He’s one of the toughest competitors out there. I was 5-1 up and 40-0 up and I still couldn’t close it out. The way he played at the end was incredible.”
Goffin fell to 2-5 in career finals, and was looking to raise a trophy for the first time since 2014.
Ecuador Stays Magical for Estrella Burgos
Victor Estrella Burgos has now won three career titles at the Ecuador Open in Quito — and has never won a title anywhere else.
On Sunday he defended his Quito crown, saving a match point against No. 3 seed Paolo Lorenzi 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-6(6) to win the final.
“The recipe for my success here will be revealed when I retire,” said the champion with a laugh. “But for sure I’ll come back here next year. I’ll play in Quito every year until I retire.”
In the second round Estrella Burgos also saved match points, three against top seed Ivo Karlovic in a third-set tiebreak.
Estrella Burgos is 15-0 in Quito, and becomes the only player in tour history to win three titles at only one event.
Lorenzi fell to 1-2 in career finals. “I love playing here and I am sure I’ll be back next year,” he said. “I loved the crowd here and how they welcomed and supported me during the whole week. I am thankful. I’m leaving with an ATP final and that’s very important for me.”
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